follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

farrow1

[far-oh] /ˈfær oʊ/
noun
1.
a litter of pigs.
verb (used with object)
2.
(of swine) to bring forth (young).
verb (used without object)
3.
to produce a litter of pigs.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English farwen to give birth to a litter of pigs, derivative of Old English fearh pig (cognate with Latin porcus); akin to German Ferkel young pig

farrow2

[far-oh] /ˈfær oʊ/
adjective
1.
(of a cow) not pregnant.
Origin
1485-95; akin to Dutch dialect verwe- (in verwekoe barren cow), Old English fearr ox
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for farrow
  • farrow wanted to try, but he would be careful to not make the same mistake he had made with himself.
  • farrow says the technology could be developed into a whole bodysuit.
British Dictionary definitions for farrow

farrow1

/ˈfærəʊ/
noun
1.
a litter of piglets
verb
2.
(of a sow) to give birth to (a litter)
Word Origin
Old English fearh; related to Old High German farah young pig, Latin porcus pig, Greek porkos

farrow2

/ˈfærəʊ/
adjective
1.
(of a cow) not calving in a given year
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Dutch verwe- (unattested) cow that has ceased to bear; compare Old English fearr ox
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for farrow
n.

Old English fearh "young pig," from Proto-Germanic *farkhaz "young pig" (cf. Middle Low German ferken, Dutch varken, both diminutives, Old High German farh, German Ferkel), from PIE *porkos- (see pork (n.)). Sense of "a litter of pigs" first recorded 1570s. As a verb, early 13c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for farrow

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for farrow

12
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with farrow

Nearby words for farrow