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Rowned in the Ear

Whispered in the ear. The old word rown, rowned (to whisper, to talk in private). Polonius says to the king in Hamlet - “Let his queen-mother all alone entreat him to show his grief- left her be rowned with him;” not blunt and loud, but in private converse. (See Round , To.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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