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  1. a past participle of mow1.
Related formsun·mown, adjective


verb (used with object), mowed, mowed or mown, mow·ing.
  1. to cut down (grass, grain, etc.) with a scythe or a machine.
  2. to cut grass, grain, etc., from: to mow the lawn.
verb (used without object), mowed, mowed or mown, mow·ing.
  1. to cut down grass, grain, etc.
Verb Phrases
  1. mow down,
    1. to destroy or kill indiscriminately or in great numbers, as troops in battle.
    2. to defeat, overwhelm, or overcome: The team mowed down its first four opponents.
    3. to knock down.

Origin of mow1

before 900; Middle English mowen, Old English māwan; cognate with German mähen


  1. the place in a barn where hay, sheaves of grain, etc., are stored.
  2. a heap or pile of hay or of sheaves of grain in a barn.
verb (used with object)
  1. Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. to store (hay) in a barn.

Origin of mow2

before 900; Middle English mow(e), Old English mūwa, mūha, mūga; cognate with Old Norse mūgi swath


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 mown

Historical Examples

  • Whole streets of houses were mown down by the flaming scythe.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler

  • Heads and limbs will fall, mown down like ripe ears at the reaping!

  • Unable to get within range themselves, they were mown down in lines.

    Our Soldiers

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Weeds that are but mown, come up afterwards only the more vigorously.


    William Ware

  • The song of the nightingale ceases about the time that the grass is mown.

    Gryll Grange

    Thomas Love Peacock

British Dictionary definitions for mown


  1. a past participle of mow 1


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 mown



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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