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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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Related Words for scow

raft, dinghy, canoe, sailboat, yacht, craft, barge, ship, catamaran, schooner, gondola, ark, scow, dory, lighter, flatboat, bottom, hulk, launch, skiff

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Historical Examples of scow

  • We took the rapids broadside on, but the scow was light and very strong.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • All at once I saw directly in front a scow struggling to make the shore.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • I saw the man jump out with a rope and try to snub the scow to a tree.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • The long painter of the scow had been extended over, and fastened to, the three boats.

    Breaking Away

    Oliver Optic

  • There will be time enough then to load the scow, and reach the island by daylight.

    Breaking Away

    Oliver Optic


British Dictionary definitions for scow

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 for scow

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 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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