There are 2 definitions of marrow in English:


Syllabification: mar·row
Pronunciation: /ˈmerō


1 (also bone marrow) A soft fatty substance in the cavities of bones, in which blood cells are produced (often taken as typifying strength and vitality).
More example sentences
  • Stem cells have been isolated from the central nervous system, bone marrow, and blood of adults.
  • In general, magnetic resonance is excellent for imaging soft tissue and bone marrow.
  • During a transplant, healthy bone marrow will be fed into your blood stream.
2 (also vegetable marrow) British A white-fleshed green-skinned gourd, which is eaten as a vegetable.
More example sentences
  • Other specialist bags have been developed especially for salads and vegetables including even marrows and courgettes.
  • Lots of vegetables should be ready to harvest now including marrows, onions and sweetcorn.
  • Unripe fruits are cooked as a vegetable in the same way as marrows.


Old English mearg, mærg, denoting the plant that produces vegetable marrow, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch merg and German Mark. sense 1 dates from the early 19th century.


to the marrow

To one’s innermost being: a sight which chilled me to the marrow
More example sentences
  • He turned, chilled to the marrow, which was, evidently, a nastily foreign feeling.
  • And then he was bursting through the main door, the chill late-afternoon wind throwing snowflakes against his sweat-streaked face and chilling him to the marrow.
  • And when you returned, wide-eyed with fright and chilled to the marrow, you were secretly amazed at your own survival.



More example sentences
  • "Thy bones are marrowless thy blood is cold!” The lords and their spouses depart the castle at speed; under the impression their new king is crazy.
  • Far indeed from being marrowless, this cookbook is an entertainingly spirited work full of recipes and suggestions tested by the author, as well as running comments and asides.
  • But, instead of standing there using vague generalities, it would be interesting if you would tell us what these old marrowless truths are, that we are nourished on.


More example sentences
  • A purebred straight to the marrowy core of his bones, Heinz uses his regal demeanor and prized heredity to set him on a pedestal overlooking the competition.
  • I was expecting much more of the latter, as the brown marrowy stuff had much more flavor than the white fatty stuff.
  • There is clear, sweet water in the middle of that marrowy substance which is very refreshing.

Definition of marrow in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day fioritura
Pronunciation: fɪˌɔːrɪˈt(j)ʊərə
an embellishment of a melody...

There are 2 definitions of marrow in English:


Line breaks: mar¦row

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(also marra, marrer)


Northern English & Scottish
1A friend, companion, or workmate (often used as a form of address): come here, marrer, we need to talk
2Something that forms a pair with something else; a counterpart or twin.


late Middle English: probably from Old Norse margr 'many', also 'friendly, communicative'.

Definition of marrow in: