• To prepare or dress, as hemp, by beating; to tew.
  • To beat; to scourge.
  • To dress and prepare, as the skins of sheep, lambs, goats, and kids, for gloves, etc., by imbuing them with alum, salt, and other agents, for softening and bleaching them.
  • To shoot a marble.
  • To push; to tug; to tow.



  • From Middle English tawen, from Old English tawian, from Proto-West Germanic *tawōn, a variant of Proto-West Germanic *tauwjan, from Proto-Germanic *tawjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *dewh₂-.
  • Cognate with Dutch touwen ("to rope, tether, curry"), Dutch tuien ("to fasten with ropes"), German Tau ("rope, hawser, cable"), Gothic 𐍄𐌰𐌿𐌾𐌰𐌽 ("to make, prepare"). Related to tool and tether.
  • Unknown.
  • Compare tew, and tow.

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