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
Examples from the Web for sower
The rising Nile moistening and fertilizing the land, prepares the way for the sower.Usury|Calvin Elliott
What vigour there is in the parable of the sower, the harvest, and the fig tree!The Letters of a Post-Impressionist|Vincent Van Gogh
To express purpose: t ode s swere his sd t swenne, Out went the sower his seed to sow.Anglo-Saxon Grammar and Exercise Book|C. Alphonso Smith
Wheat and barley returned to the sower a hundred or even two hundred fold.
The harvest multiplies the effect of the sower's labour; but it multiplies exactly that effect, and nothing else.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Galatians|G. G. Findlay
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 sawere, agent noun from sow (v.).
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