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

  • intransitive v. Archaic To think.
  • intransitive v. Obsolete To suppose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. trust or faith
  • v. To trust or believe
  • v. To have confidence in, or to give credence to
  • n. Any of several flat-bottomed sailing boats used for fishing or for carrying bulk goods
  • n. troll

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A boat with an open well amidships. It is used in spearing fish.
  • v. To believe; to trust; to think or suppose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To believe; trust.
  • To think; suppose.
  • n. A channel or spout of wood for conveying water to a mill; a flume: sometimes used in the plural with the same sense: as, the mill-trows.
  • n. A boat with an open live-well for fish; a sort of fishing-smack or lighter.
  • n. Same as drow and troll.


Middle English trowen, from Old English trēowian, to trust; see deru- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English truwian, akin to German trauen (Wiktionary)



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  • "And when Sir Launcelot saw that, he turned and went thither as the head came from. And in the meanwhile he trowed that himself and Sir Ector rode till that they came to a rich man’s house where there was a wedding."
    - Thomas Malory, 'The Holy Grail'.

    September 13, 2009

  • Also Orkney and Shetland word for a troll.

    July 7, 2008

  • Yet my teasing ways, it seems, are intolerable-- Are women only to tease, I trow?

    Lovelace to Belford, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    December 13, 2007

  • Archaic: to believe, think, or suppose.

    (Origin: bef. 900; ME trowen, OE tréow(i)an to believe, deriv. of tréow belief; akin to ON trūa, G trauen, Goth trauan to trust, believe)

    May 6, 2007