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{{11}}sow (n.) O.E. sugu, su "female of the swine," from P.Gmc. *sugo (Cf. O.S., O.H.G. su, Ger. Sau, Du. zeug, O.N. syr), from PIE root *su- (Cf. Skt. sukarah "wild boar, swine;" Avestan hu "wild boar;" Gk. hys "swine;" L. sus "swine," swinus "pertaining to swine;" O.C.S. svinija "swine;" Lett. sivens "young pig;" Welsh hucc, Ir. suig "swine; O.Ir. socc "snout, plowshare"), possibly imitative of pig noise, a notion reinforced by the fact that Skt. sukharah means "maker of (the sound) 'su.' " Related to SWINE (Cf. swine). As a term of abuse for a woman, attested from c.1500.
{{12}}sow (v.) O.E. sawan "to scatter seed upon the ground or plant it in the earth" (class VII strong verb; past tense seow, pp. sawen), from P.Gmc. *sæjanan (Cf. O.N. sa, O.S. saian, M.Du. sayen, Du. zaaien, O.H.G. sawen, Ger. säen, Goth. saian), from PIE root *se- (Cf. L. sero, p.t. sevi, pp. satum "to sow;" O.C.S. sejo, sejati; Lith. seju, seti "to sow"), source of SEMEN (Cf. semen), SEASON (Cf. season) (n.), SEED (Cf. seed), etc. Figurative sense was in Old English.

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  • Sow — may refer to an African name, frequent in Senegal. * Abdoul Salam Sow, a football player. * Abdoulaye Sékou Sow, a former Prime Minister of Mali. * Aminata Sow Fall, a Senegalese author. * Daouda Sow, a boxer. * Fatou Ndiaye Sow, a Senegalese… …   Wikipedia

  • Sow — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Abdou Aziz Sow (* 1953), senegalesischer Politiker Abdourahmane Sow (* 1942), senegalesischer Politiker Abdoulaye Sékou Sow (* 1931), malischer Politiker Aliou Sow (* 1975), senegalesischer Politiker… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Sow — Sow, v. t. [imp. {Sowed}; p. p. {Sown}or {Sowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sowing}.] [OE. sowen, sawen, AS. s[=a]wan; akin to OFries. s?a, D. zaaijen, OS. & HG. s[=a]jan, G. s[ a]en, Icel. s[=a], Sw. s[*a], Dan. saae, Goth. saian, Lith. s[=e]ti, Russ.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sow — Sow, n. [OE. sowe, suwe, AS. sugu, akin to s[=u], D. zog, zeug, OHG. s[=u], G. sau, Icel. s[=y]r, Dan. so, Sw. sugga, so, L. sus. Gr. y^s, sy^s, Zend. hu boar; probably from the root seen in Skr. s[=u] to beget, to bear; the animal being named in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sow — Ⅰ. sow [1] ► VERB (past sowed; past part. sown or sowed) 1) plant (seed) by scattering it on or in the earth. 2) plant (an area) with seed. 3) spread or introduce (something unwelcome). DERIV …   English terms dictionary

  • sow — sow1 [sou] n. [ME sowe < OE sugu, akin to Ger sau (OHG su) < IE base * sū , pig > SWINE, L sus] 1. a) an adult female pig b) an adult female of certain other mammals, as the bear 2 …   English World dictionary

  • Sow — Sow, v. i. To scatter seed for growth and the production of a crop; literally or figuratively. [1913 Webster] They that sow in tears shall reap in joi. Ps. cxxvi. 5. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sow — Sow, v. i. To sew. See {Sew}. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • sow — index diffuse, dissipate (spread out), distribute, inseminate, plant (place firmly), spread Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C …   Law dictionary

  • sow — {vb *strew, straw, scatter, broadcast}}} …   New Dictionary of Synonyms


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