Prow Prow, a. [Compar. {Prower}; superl. {Prowest}.] [OF. prou, preu, F. preux, fr. L. pro, prod, in prodesse to be useful. See {Pro-}, and cf. {Prude}.] Valiant; brave; gallant; courageous. [Archaic] --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

The prowest knight that ever field did fight. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

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  • Prow — Prow, n. [OE. & OF. prou. See {Prow}, a.] Benefit; profit; good; advantage. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] That shall be for your hele and for your prow. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prow — Prow, n. [F. proue (cf. Sp. & Pg. proa, It. prua), L. prora, Gr. ?, akin to ? before. See {Pro }, and cf. {Prore}.] The fore part of a vessel; the bow; the stem; hence, the vessel itself. Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] The floating vessel swum… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prow — Prow, n. See {Proa}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prow — 1550s, from M.Fr. proue, from It. (Genoese) prua, from V.L. *proda, by dissimilation from L. prora prow, from Gk. proira, related to pro before, forward, proi early in the morning …   Etymology dictionary

  • prow — prow·ess; prow; …   English syllables

  • prow — prow1 [prou] adj. [ME < OFr prou, brave, var. of prud: see PROUD] Archaic valiant; brave prow2 [prou] n. [Fr proue, earlier proe < It dial. (Genoese) prua < L prora < Gr prōira, prow: for IE base see PROVINCE] 1. the forward part of a …   English World dictionary

  • prow — [prau] n [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: proue, from Latin prora, from Greek proira, from pro forward ] especially literary the front part of a ship or boat …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prow — [ prau ] noun count MAINLY LITERARY the front of a ship or boat …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • prow — ► NOUN ▪ the pointed front part of a ship; the bow. ORIGIN Old French proue, from Greek pr ira …   English terms dictionary

  • Prow — The prow is the very most forward part of a ship s bow that cuts through the water. The prow and stem and its surrounding parts of a ship is often used interchangably. It is often depicted in movies with carved figurehead in the form of a mermaid …   Wikipedia

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