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[troh] /troʊ/
verb (used with or without object), Archaic.
to believe, think, or suppose.
Origin of trow
before 900; Middle English trowen, Old English trēow(i)an to believe, derivative of trēow belief; akin to Old Norse trūa, German trauen, Gothic trauan to trust, believe. See trust, true Unabridged
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  • He waits for thee at Oxford, man; but he may wait while his porridge cools, I trow: and so good den.

  • Now, back at once into time we go, For many a hundred years, I trow.

    Romantic Ballads George Borrow
  • I won't,' said the ox, 'I'm not going to burst asunder in doing that, I trow.'

    Tales from the Fjeld P. Chr. Asbjrnsen
  • There's that that would be thought upon,I trow, besides the bride.

  • Men offer not up old glove leather for incense, nor are beacons fed with undressed hides, I trow.

    The Fair Maid of Perth Sir Walter Scott
  • God, I trow, wants her in Heaven To become the lamp of even.

  • Few enow of them, I trow, did ease them, till Siegfried's weeds had all been wrought.

  • I trow he will find it go hard with him if ever he cometh near London again.

    Mistress Margery Emily Sarah Holt
  • Ye are baith a pair o' the deevil's peats, I trow—hard token whilk deserves the hettest corner o' his ingle side.

  • Do no harm, trow, to let her tarry a two-three days or a week.

    All's Well Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for trow


(archaic) to think, believe, or trust
Word Origin
Old English treow; related to Old Frisian triūwe, Old Saxon treuwa, Old High German triuwa; see troth, true
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Word Origin and History for trow

Old English treowian "to trust, believe," from treow "faith, belief," from Proto-Germanic *truwian (see true). Cognate with German trauen.

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