From Middle English douen, from Old English dugan, from Proto-Germanic *duganą.
dow (third-person singular simple present dows, present participle dowing, simple past and past participle dowed or dought)
- (obsolete) To be worth.
- (obsolete) To be of use, have value.
- (obsolete) To have the strength for, to be able to.
- (obsolete) To thrive, prosper.
From Middle English dowen, from Old French douer, from Latin dōtō.
dow (third-person singular simple present dows, present participle dowing, simple past and past participle dowed)
- To furnish with a dower; to endow.
dow (plural dows)
- Alternative form of dhow
German Low GermanEdit
Cognate with English deaf. The second meaning stems from the old misconception that dumb or deaf people were mentally disabled. German doof is taken from this word.
- dumb (not clever)
- Alternative form of dogh