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scow

[skou]
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noun
  1. any of various vessels having a flat-bottomed rectangular hull with sloping ends, built in various sizes with or without means of propulsion, as barges, punts, rowboats, or sailboats.
  2. Eastern U.S. a barge carrying bulk material in an open hold.
  3. an old or clumsy boat; hulk; tub.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to transport by scow.
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Origin of scow

1660–70, Americanism; < Dutch schouw ferryboat
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British Dictionary definitions for scowing

scow

noun
  1. an unpowered barge used for freight; lighter
  2. (esp in the midwestern US) a sailing yacht with a flat bottom, designed to plane
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Word Origin

C18: via Dutch schouw from Low German schalde, related to Old Saxon skaldan to push (a boat) into the sea
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Word Origin and History for scowing

scow

n.

"large flat-bottomed boat," 1780, from Dutch schouw "a ferry boat, punt," from Middle Dutch scouwe, related to Old English scaldan, Old Saxon scaldan "to push (a boat) from shore."

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