transitive verb[with object]
Make (hide) into leather without the use of tannin, especially by soaking it in a solution of alum and salt.‘he was tawing a swordfish’
- ‘These skins are both tanned and tawed, the principal tanning agent being the mimosa bark.’
Old English tawian ‘prepare raw material for use or further processing’, of Germanic origin; related to tool.
1A large marble.
- ‘Both players try to shoot their taws into a one-foot hole.’
- 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.’
- 1.2A line from which players throw marbles.
- ‘In some games you shoot from behind a taw.’
Early 18th century of unknown origin.