[ skou ]
/ skaʊ /


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.
Eastern U.S. a barge carrying bulk material in an open hold.
an old or clumsy boat; hulk; tub.

verb (used with object)

to transport by scow.

Origin of scow

1660–70, Americanism; < Dutch schouw ferryboat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scow


/ (skaʊ) /


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

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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