Main definitions of taw in English

: taw1taw2

taw1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make (hide) into leather without the use of tannin, especially by soaking it in a solution of alum and salt.

    • ‘These skins are both tanned and tawed, the principal tanning agent being the mimosa bark.’

Origin

Old English tawian prepare raw material for use or further processing of Germanic origin; related to tool.

Pronunciation:

taw

/tô/

Main definitions of taw in English

: taw1taw2

taw2

noun

  • 1A large marble.

    • ‘Both players try to shoot their taws into a one-foot hole.’
    1. 1.1A game of marbles.
      • ‘In the early 1800s, children at Leavening played football, trap ball, tap and taw, shinnow and cricket.’
      • ‘Marbles or taws were usually played along the gutters, much to the annoyance of parents.’
    2. 1.2A line from which players throw marbles.
      • ‘In some games you shoot from behind a taw.’

Origin

Early 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

taw

/tô/