tow etymology

English word tow comes from Proto-Germanic *tēkaną (To grasp. To hold. To touch.)

Detailed word origin of tow

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*tēkaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To grasp. To hold. To touch.
*dukn- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*teuhōną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
togian Old English (ang) To tow.
toȝen Middle English (enm)
tow English (eng) A rope or cable used in towing.. Something, such as a barge, that is towed.. Something, such as a tugboat, that tows.. The act of towing and the condition of being towed. (running, cycling etc.) To aid someone behind by shielding them from wind resistance.. (transitive) To pull something behind one using a line or chain; to haul.

Words with the same origin as tow

Descendants of *tēkaną
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