- a past participle of sow1.
- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for sow on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for sown
Sully decides to face the truth of what his negligence has sown.The Stacks: The Eyes of Winter: Paul Newman at 70
October 11, 2014
The press gets involved, the Twittersphere goes wild, and all the seeds of intractability are sown.What Hockey Players Can Teach our Toothless Politicians
April 29, 2014
The seeds of Strub's activism were sown as a child, when he snuck out of the house to watch May Day riots in Iowa City.Sean Strub: Sex, AIDS, Politics and Survival
January 27, 2014
And thus was sown a seed that may, however extraordinary it may seem, destroy the prime minister.Cameron on the Ropes
July 18, 2011
For Khoury, the bigger threat has been the pro-regime mobs that have sown chaos around the city in the past week.Christians' Painful Split Over Egypt Protests
February 6, 2011
The seeds of knowledge had been sown, but they lacked moisture and had failed to grow.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
What belief should be sown to blossom forth in a harvest of strength and peace?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
For me, the next morning, I could almost have said, 'I was sown in dishonour and raised in glory.'Wilfrid Cumbermede
It must be sown thin, and notwithstanding that attention, it often happens to be too thick.
The flax which was sown in this country rose three feet high.
- a past participle of sow 1
- 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 sown
past participle of 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.
Idioms and Phrases with sown
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