plow up

transitive verb

Definition of plow up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to bring to the surface by or as if by plowing : turn, cast, or pull up with or as if with a plow had plowed quite a lot of arrowheads up plow up the beetsAccent by hard work had plowed up several nasty secrets
2 : to break (ground) up by plowing


variants: or plough-up \ ˈ⸗ˌ⸗ \
plural -s

Definition of plow-up (Entry 2 of 2)

: the conversion of an area of virgin sod into cropland

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for plow up


plow up

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About plow up

Dictionary Entries Near plow up


plow up


See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for plow up

Cite this Entry

“Plow up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!