dow 1[dou, doh] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used without object), dowed or dought [dout] /daʊt/, dow·ing. Scot. and North England.

  1. to be able.
  2. to thrive; prosper; do well.

Origin of dow 1 before 900; Middle English dowen, doghen, Old English dugan to be worthy; cognate with German taugen; cf. doughty dow 2[dou] noun

  1. dhow.

Dow [dou] noun

  1. Charles Henry,1851–1902, U.S. journalist and publisher: a founder of Dow Jones company.
  2. Ger·rard [Dutch gey-rahrt] /Dutch ˈgeɪ rɑrt/. Dou, Gerard.
  3. Herbert Henry,1866–1930, U.S. chemist, inventor, and industrialist.

dhow or dau, dow [dou] noun

  1. any of various types of sailing vessels used by Arabs on the east African, Arabian, and Indian coasts, generally lateen-rigged on two or three masts.

Origin of dhow First recorded in 1795–1805, dhow is from the Arabic word dāwa Dou or Douw, Dow [dou] noun

  1. Ge·rard [gey-rahrt] /ˈgeɪ rɑrt/, 1613–75, Dutch painter: pupil of Rembrandt.


  1. dowager.

Related Words for dow Dow Examples from the Web for dow Contemporary Examples of dow

  • On Friday, both the Dow and the S&P 500 closed at record highs.

    GOP’s Biggest 2016 Problem: Clinton’s Numbers Among White Voters

    Lloyd Green

    June 9, 2014

  • Side effects may include recession, job contraction, 401(k) bruising, recurrent Dow fluctuation, and IRA bleeding.

    Up to a Point: PJ O’Rourke on Sochi and Senate Slackers

    P. J. O’Rourke

    February 7, 2014

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared nearly 200 points, closing above 16,000.

    Bernanke Drop the Mic as He Exits the Fed

    Daniel Gross

    December 19, 2013

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average is at about 15,727, also near a record high.

    Don’t Credit Obama with the Stock Boom, Credit the Fed and the International Economy

    Daniel Gross

    November 13, 2013

  • Stocks are booming, with the S&P and the Dow each near record highs.

    Don’t Credit Obama with the Stock Boom, Credit the Fed and the International Economy

    Daniel Gross

    November 13, 2013

  • Historical Examples of dow

  • “I down’t see nothink wrong with it,” the driver interrupted.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • “Down’t mind ‘im, ‘Enery,” said the wife, now weeping audibly.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • “And down’t you tyke on so, Lidjer,” said the husband, and they looked as if they were about to embrace.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Besides, he ain’t no Christian, down’t care for no ghosts nor sperrits.

    The Shrieking Pit

    Arthur J. Rees

  • “That Sewall is a kind of quick-tempered fellow,” he remarked to Dow.

    Roosevelt in the Bad Lands

    H. Hagedorn.

  • British Dictionary definitions for dow Dow noun

    1. See Dou

    dhow noun

    1. a lateen-rigged coastal Arab sailing vessel with one or two masts

    Word Origin for dhow C19: from Arabic dāwa Dou Dow or Douw noun

    1. Gerard (ˈxeːrɑrt). 1613–75, Dutch portrait and genre painter

    Word Origin and History for dow dhow n.

    1799, original language unknown, “single-masted native vessel used on Arabian Sea,” later widely applied to all Arab vessels. Klein suggests a relation to Persian dav “running.”

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