dow

verb
\ ˈdau̇ How to pronounce dow (audio) \
dought\ ˈdau̇t How to pronounce dought (audio) \ or dowed\ ˈdau̇d How to pronounce dowed (audio) \; dowing

Definition of dow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

chiefly Scotland
: to be able or capable

Dow

noun
\ ˈdau̇ How to pronounce Dow (audio) \

Definition of Dow (Entry 2 of 2)

First Known Use of dow

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dow

Verb

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

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