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dow

play
verb, \ˈdau̇\

Definition of dow

dought play \ˈdau̇t\ or dowed play \ˈdau̇d\ dowing

chiefly Scottish

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to be able or capable



Origin of dow

Middle English dow, deih have worth, am able, from Old English dēah, dēag; akin to Old High German toug is worthy, is useful — more at doughty


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with dow


Dow

play
noun \ˈdau̇\

Definition of Dow



1949

First Known Use of dow

1949

Rhymes with dow



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