lawn mower

or lawn·mow·er



a hand-operated or motor-driven machine for cutting the grass of a lawn.

Origin of lawn mower

First recorded in 1865–70
Also called mower. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lawnmower

Contemporary Examples of lawnmower

Historical Examples of lawnmower

  • Janet found Patrick sharpening the lawnmower, ready for a days work.

  • "Grass awready cut roun' back," responded the amiable voice of Genesis, while the lawnmower ceased not to whir.


    Booth Tarkington

  • It needs little attention from the lawnmower, but makes a thick, velvety carpet.

  • Get behind that lawnmower, young man, if you don't want to be involved in a lawsuit.

  • Often, when it was not in use, I walked to the lawnmower and even laid my hand upon the tool-box.

    A Mind That Found Itself

    Clifford Whittingham Beers

British Dictionary definitions for lawnmower

lawn mower


a hand-operated or power-operated machine with rotary blades for cutting grass on lawns
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Word Origin and History for lawnmower

lawn mower


also lawn-mower, 1853 as a type of machine to cut grass, from lawn (n.1) + mower.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper