verb \ˈsō\

: to make or repair something (such as a piece of clothing) by using a needle and thread

sewedsewn \ˈsōn\ or sewedsew·ing

Full Definition of SEW

transitive verb
:  to unite or fasten by stitches
:  to close or enclose by sewing <sew the money in a bag>
intransitive verb
:  to practice or engage in sewing
sew·abil·i·ty \ˌsō-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
sew·able \ˈsō-ə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of SEW

  1. She sews her own dresses by hand.
  2. He sewed a patch onto his sleeve.
  3. I sewed the button back on the shirt.
  4. The surgeon sewed the wound shut.
  5. She designs her own dresses and sews in her free time.

Origin of SEW

Middle English, from Old English sīwian; akin to Old High German siuwen to sew, Latin suere
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to SEW

Other Handicraft Terms

biscuit, darn, tambour, wrought


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