from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of froe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. brittle
  • n. A woman; a wife, especially a Dutch or German one.
  • n. A slovenly woman; a wench; a lusty woman.
  • n. A big, fat woman; a slovenly, coarse, or untidy woman; a woman of low character.
  • n. Alternative spelling of froe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Brittle.
  • n. A woman; especially, a Dutch or German woman.
  • n. A dirty woman; a slattern.
  • n. A cleaving tool with handle at right angles to the blade, for splitting cask staves and shingles from the block; a frower.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Brittle; tender; crisp.
  • n. A woman; a wife, especially a Dutch or German one.
  • n. [Cf. frowzy, 1.] A slovenly woman; a wench; a lusty woman.
  • n. Among London bakers, potato-flour used to assist fermentation in dough and improve the appearance of bread.
  • n. A cleaving-tool having a wedge-shaped blade, with a handle set at right angles to the length of the blade, used in splitting staves for casks and the like. It is driven by a mallet. Also froe and frower.


From Middle Dutch vrouwe ("lady"), from Old Dutch *frōwa, from Proto-Germanic *frōwōn (“woman”), from Proto-Indo-European *prōw- (“right; judge, master”). Cognate with Dutch vrouw ("woman, wife, lady, mistress"), Low German frouw, frauw ("woman, wife, lady"), German Frau ("woman, wife, lady"), Icelandic freyja ("lady, mistress", in compounds), Old English frōwe ("woman"), Old English frēa ("lord, master, husband"). (Wiktionary)



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  • That's a nice one! And it could actually come in useful. I love your definition.

    July 15, 2008

  • The scowly lowbrow glare that dour old maids of ye olde yester~year lore laid heavily upon errant earners of such scalding scorn From English furrow + brow.

    July 15, 2008