- to cut down (grass, grain, etc.) with a scythe or a machine.
- to cut grass, grain, etc., from: to mow the lawn.
- to cut down grass, grain, etc.
- mow down,
- to destroy or kill indiscriminately or in great numbers, as troops in battle.
- to defeat, overwhelm, or overcome: The team mowed down its first four opponents.
- to knock down.
Origin of mow1
- 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.
- Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. to store (hay) in a barn.
Origin of mow2
- a wry or derisive grimace.
- to make mows, mouths, or grimaces.
Origin of mow3
Examples from the Web for mow
What was St. Meuse to me that for her I should mow my hirsute glories?Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
If the ould Governor's got a tongue like a file, Philip's got a tongue like a scythe—he'll mow them down.The Manxman
There was hay in the mow and I had brought a bag of oats under the seat of the carriage.Rudder Grange
Frank R. Stockton
The thrall who had spoken whetted his scythe with it and began to mow.The Children of Odin
I would have been looking at it, too, if I hadn't had to mow the lawn and then go to the store.Jerry's Charge Account
Hazel Hutchins Wilson
- to cut down (grass, crops, etc) with a hand implement or machine
- (tr) to cut the growing vegetation of (a field, lawn, etc)
- the part of a barn where hay, straw, etc, is stored
- the hay, straw, etc, stored
- an archaic word for grimace
Word Origin and History for mow
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.