- a past participle of mow1.
- 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 mown
Whole streets of houses were mown down by the flaming scythe.Plotting in Pirate Seas
Heads and limbs will fall, mown down like ripe ears at the reaping!The Brass Bell
Unable to get within range themselves, they were mown down in lines.Our Soldiers
Weeds that are but mown, come up afterwards only the more vigorously.Aurelian
The song of the nightingale ceases about the time that the grass is mown.Gryll Grange
Thomas Love Peacock
- a past participle of mow 1
- 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 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.