From Middle Dutch vrouwe (“lady”), from Old Dutch *frōwa, from Proto-Germanic *frōwōn (“woman”), from Proto-Indo-European *prōw- (“right; judge, master”). Cognate with Dutch vrouw (“woman, wife, lady, mistress”), Low German frouw, frauw (“woman, wife, lady”), German Frau (“woman, wife, lady”), Icelandic freyja (“lady, mistress”, in compounds), Old English frōwe (“woman”), Old English frēa (“lord, master, husband”).
- Alternative spelling of froe.
(comparative more frow, superlative most frow)
- (obsolete) brittle
- A cleaving tool with handle at right angles to the blade, for splitting cask staves and shingles from the block; a frower.