- to scatter (seed) over land, earth, etc., for growth; plant.
- to plant seed for: to sow a crop.
- to scatter seed over (land, earth, etc.) for the purpose of growth.
- to implant, introduce, or promulgate; seek to propagate or extend; disseminate: to sow distrust or dissension.
- to strew or sprinkle with anything.
- to sow seed, as for the production of a crop.
Origin of sow1
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Examples from the Web for sowed
And those lawyers produced a lot of documents and sowed a lot of doubt.Delaware’s Affluenza Case Affects Justice, Too
April 1, 2014
So, yes, be wary of Greek dominos falling, but remember the domino theory was wrong during the Cold War yet it sowed fear.Chaos Over New Elections Deepens Fear of a Greece Chain Reaction
May 16, 2012
When you send a tweet, Google a keyword, or stream a Netflix movie, you are harvesting what Shannon sowed.Drowning in Beeps
March 1, 2011
They pursued their dreams, sowed their oats, established their careers, then began to think about settling down—not settling.Give Up on Mr. Perfect?
February 1, 2010
He knew nothing about it, and went and sowed his field with it.The Chinese Fairy Book
He returned disappointed, with a tale that sowed dismay in Fenzileh and Marzak.The Sea-Hawk
Therefore I went out and sowed the corn in my enemy's field, that God might exist.The Great Hunger
They sowed neither wheat nor barley, and yet they had lots and lots to eat.Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
I have a whole bedful, and all from a penny packet of seed that I sowed myself.The Carroll Girls
- to scatter or place (seed, a crop, etc) in or on (a piece of ground, field, etc) so that it may growto sow wheat; to sow a strip of land
- (tr) to implant or introduceto sow a doubt in someone's mind
- a female adult pig
- the female of certain other animals, such as the mink
- the channels for leading molten metal to the moulds in casting pig iron
- iron that has solidified in these channels
Word Origin and History for sowed
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.
Idioms and Phrases with sowed
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