\ ˈtȯz How to pronounce tawse (audio) \
variants: or less commonly taws

Definition of tawse

British
: a leather strap slit into strips at the end and used especially for disciplining children

First Known Use of tawse

circa 1585, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tawse

probably from plural of obsolete taw tawed leather

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The first known use of tawse was circa 1585

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“Tawse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tawse. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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