\ ˈfrō How to pronounce froe (audio) \
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Definition of froe

: a cleaving tool for splitting cask staves and shingles from the block

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Children will enjoy cutting a log with a two-man saw, cleaving shingles with a mallet and froe, competing in a seed spitting contest, making dolls and other activities. Daily News Staff, The Mercury News, "Peninsula Happenings, Friday, May 5: Kite Day, big art festival in Mountain View, environmentalist speech, Woodside Store Day, SamTrans art contest," 5 May 2017 Named for a New York industrial arts teacher who collected early American craft and industry tools, the trove includes everything from bark spuds and froes to twibills and wool wheel fingers. Suzanne Carmick, New York Times, "The Pastoral Isles of Lake Champlain," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of froe

1574, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for froe

perhaps alteration of obsolete froward turned away, from Middle English; from the position of the handle

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to fake an opponent out of position

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