theow

noun
the·​ow | \ ˈthā(ˌ)ō\
plural -s

Definition of theow

: a British slave of Anglo-Saxon times

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History and Etymology for theow

Old English thēow; akin to Old High German thiomuoti servant's disposition, humility, thionōn to serve, Old Norse thjōna to serve, Gothic thius servant, and perhaps to Old Irish techid he flees, Sanskrit takti he hurries; basic meaning: to run

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