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Etymology 1Edit

Abbreviation of obsolete frower, from froward (turned away), referring to the orientation of the blade, at right angles to the handle. From late 16th century.[1]

NounEdit

froe (plural froes)

  1. A cleaving tool for splitting cask staves and shingles from the block.
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Etymology 2Edit

See frow.

NounEdit

froe (plural froes)

  1. (obsolete) A dirty woman; a slattern; a frow.
    • 1630, Michael Drayton, Nymphal IV, [from The Muses Elizium], 1793, The Works of the British Poets, Volume 3: Drayton, Carew & Suckling, page 618,
      Like to thoſe raging frantic froes / For Bacchus' feaſts prepared;

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