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[moh] /moʊ/
verb (used with object), mowed, mowed or mown, mowing.
to cut down (grass, grain, etc.) with a scythe or a machine.
to cut grass, grain, etc., from:
to mow the lawn.
verb (used without object), mowed, mowed or mown, mowing.
to cut down grass, grain, etc.
Verb phrases
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


[mou] /maʊ/
the place in a barn where hay, sheaves of grain, etc., are stored.
a heap or pile of hay or of sheaves of grain in a barn.
verb (used with object)
Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. to store (hay) in a barn.
before 900; Middle English mow(e), Old English mūwa, mūha, mūga; cognate with Old Norse mūgi swath


or mowe

[mou, moh] /maʊ, moʊ/ Archaic.
a wry or derisive grimace.
verb (used without object)
to make mows, mouths, or grimaces.
1275-1325; Middle English mowe < Middle French moue lip, pout, Old French moe < Frankish; akin to Middle Dutch mouwe protruded lip Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for mows
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  • He mows down a proletarian and a Marshall Field with the same scythe.

  • The boy who mows the lawn wants more than the landlady is willing to pay.

    Modern Americans Chester Sanford
  • On either side were the mows, the hay stacked in them down to the ground.

  • August is the passivity in the presence of the Reaper who mows the golden grain.

    Turns about Town Robert Cortes Holliday
  • Some hours after we came to a barn, the mows of which were filled with corn-blades.

    Capturing a Locomotive William Pittenger
  • A mitrailleuse, standing a hundred yards off, mows them down like grass.

    Paris under the Commune John Leighton
  • The stables were on either side of this floor and the mows were above.

    Sheila of Big Wreck Cove James A. Cooper
  • Lots are then cast, and each family at once mows the portion allotted to it.

    Russia Donald Mackenzie Wallace
  • He mows the lawn, or sneaks in some practice putting, and then he's ready for dinner.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for mows


verb mows, mowing, mowed, mowed, mown
to cut down (grass, crops, etc) with a hand implement or machine
(transitive) to cut the growing vegetation of (a field, lawn, etc)
Derived Forms
mower, noun
Word Origin
Old English māwan; related to Old High German māen, Middle Dutch maeyen to mow, Latin metere to reap, Welsh medi


the part of a barn where hay, straw, etc, is stored
the hay, straw, etc, stored
Word Origin
Old English mūwa; compare Old Norse mūgr heap, Greek mukōn


noun, verb
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 mows



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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