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noun, verb (used without object), mowed, mow·ing. Archaic.
  1. mow3.


or mowe

[mou, moh]Archaic.
  1. a wry or derisive grimace.
verb (used without object)
  1. to make mows, mouths, or grimaces.

Origin of mow3

1275–1325; Middle English mowe < Middle French moue lip, pout, Old French moe < Frankish; akin to Middle Dutch mouwe protruded lip
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Examples from the Web for mowe

Historical Examples

  • The laird of Mowe, here mentioned, was the only gentleman of note killed in the skirmish on the Scottish side.

    Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3)

    Walter Scott

  • The Laird of Mowe here mentioned was the only gentleman of note killed in the skirmish on the Scottish side.

  • About three miles before it reaches the town, the river Mowe undulates through a plain.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Beneath him were the rapids of the Mowe, over which a watery moon threw a faint, flickering light.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • The lands of Mowe are situated upon the river Bowmont, in Roxburghshire.

British Dictionary definitions for mowe


verb mows, mowing, mowed, mowed or mown
  1. to cut down (grass, crops, etc) with a hand implement or machine
  2. (tr) to cut the growing vegetation of (a field, lawn, etc)
Derived Formsmower, noun

Word Origin

Old English māwan; related to Old High German māen, Middle Dutch maeyen to mow, Latin metere to reap, Welsh medi


  1. the part of a barn where hay, straw, etc, is stored
  2. the hay, straw, etc, stored

Word Origin

Old English mūwa; compare Old Norse mūgr heap, Greek mukōn


noun, verb
  1. an archaic word for grimace

Word Origin

C14: from Old French moe a pout, or Middle Dutch mouwe
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Word Origin and History for mowe



Old English mawan "to mow" (class VII strong verb; past tense meow, past participle mawen), from Proto-Germanic *mæanan (cf. Middle Low German maeyen, Dutch maaien, Old High German maen, German mähen "to mow," Old English mæd "meadow"), from PIE root *me- "to mow, to cut down grass or grain with a sickle or scythe" (cf. poetic Greek amao, Latin metere "to reap, mow, crop," Italian mietere, Old Irish meithleorai "reapers," Welsh medi). Related: Mowed; mown; mowing.



"stack of hay," Old English muga, muwa "a heap, swath of corn, crowd of people," earlier muha, from Proto-Germanic *mugon (cf. Old Norse mugr "a heap," mostr "crowd"), of uncertain origin.

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