- 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.
- to transport by scow.
Origin of scow
1660–70, Americanism; < Dutch schouw ferryboat
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- 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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"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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