noun \ˈsa\

: a fully grown female pig

Full Definition of SOW

:  an adult female swine; also :  the adult female of various other animals (as a bear)
a :  a channel that conducts molten metal to molds
b :  a mass of metal solidified in such a mold :  ingot

Origin of SOW

Middle English sowe, from Old English sugu; akin to Old English & Old High German sow, Latin sus pig, swine, hog, Greek hys
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with SOW


verb \ˈsō\

: to plant seeds in an area of ground

: to cause (fear, doubt, etc.) to affect many people

sowedsown \ˈsōn\ or sowedsow·ing

Full Definition of SOW

intransitive verb
:  to plant seed for growth especially by scattering
:  to set something in motion :  begin an enterprise
transitive verb
a :  to scatter (as seed) upon the earth for growth; broadly :  plant 1a
b :  to strew with or as if with seed
c :  to introduce into a selected environment :  implant
:  to set in motion :  foment <sow suspicion>
:  to spread abroad :  disperse
sow·er \ˈsō(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of SOW

  1. Every year we sow corn.
  2. Farmers sowed the fields with corn.
  3. We'll sow in the early spring.

Origin of SOW

Middle English, from Old English sāwan; akin to Old High German sāwen to sow, Latin serere, Lithuanian sėti
First Known Use: before 12th century


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