verb (used with object), sowed, sown or sowed, sow·ing.
verb (used without object), sowed, sown or sowed, sow·ing.
- sow bug,
- sow one's wild oats,
- sow thistle,
- sow wild oats,
Origin of sow1
- a large oblong mass of iron that has solidified in the common channel through which the molten metal flows to the smaller channels in which the pigs solidify.
- the common channel itself.
- a basin holding any of certain molten nonferrous metals to be cast.
Origin of sow2
Examples from the Web for sow
But if you choose to conduct your discourse in 140-word snaps, or soundbites, then you reap the crop of dumb that you sow.
The youngsters arrived at our border with the unspoken message that we reap what we sow.The Deported L.A. Gangs Behind This Border Kid Crisis|Michael Daly|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You reap what you sow, and Republicans are paying the price for elevating a minority within their party.Ghosts of the Confederacy Out in Force as Fringe Rules GOP|Eleanor Clift|October 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“Their lack of appreciation is obvious and quite frankly, they reap what they sow,” reads one.
But on Wednesday, two of its 15 stores were burned down, according to Atallah who believes the attacks were meant to sow discord.
Sow, the receptacle into which the liquid iron is poured in a gun-foundry.The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten
Sow another crop of peas, and plant more beans; choose a dry spot for them, where they can be sheltered from the winter's cold.
The man that don't need that has to be his own preacher here and sow and reap his own morality.A Man for the Ages|Irving Bacheller
If any sowing has gone wrong, do not waste time by repining over it, but sow again.
Sow thinly, and then cover the seed by sifting over with fine soil from 1/8 to inch deep.Gardening for Little Girls|Olive Hyde Foster
verb sows, sowing, sowed, sown or sowed
Word Origin for sow
- the channels for leading molten metal to the moulds in casting pig iron
- iron that has solidified in these channels
Word Origin for sow
Old English sawan "to scatter seed upon the ground or plant it in the earth, disseminate" (class VII strong verb; past tense seow, past participle sawen), from Proto-Germanic *sean (cf. Old Norse sa, Old Saxon saian, Middle Dutch sayen, Dutch zaaien, Old High German sawen, German säen, Gothic saian), from PIE root *se- (1) "to sow" (cf. Latin sero, past tense sevi, past participle satum "to sow;" Old Church Slavonic sejo, sejati; Lithuanian seju, seti "to sow"), source of semen, season (n.), seed (n.), etc. Figurative sense was in Old English.
Old English sugu, su "female of the swine," from Proto-Germanic *su- (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German su, German Sau, Dutch zeug, Old Norse syr), from PIE root *su- (cf. Sanskrit sukarah "wild boar, swine;" Avestan hu "wild boar;" Greek hys "swine;" Latin sus "swine," swinus "pertaining to swine;" Old Church Slavonic svinija "swine;" Lettish sivens "young pig;" Welsh hucc, Irish suig "swine; Old Irish socc "snout, plowshare"), possibly imitative of pig noise, a notion reinforced by the fact that Sanskrit sukharah means "maker of (the sound) 'su.' " Related to swine. As a term of abuse for a woman, attested from c.1500. Sow-bug "hog louse" is from 1750.
In addition to the idiom beginning with sow
- sow one's wild oats
- can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear