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sowl

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English sovel, suvel, saulee, from Old English sufl, sufel, sufol (anything eaten with bread, sowl, relish eaten with bread), from Proto-Germanic *suflą (entremets, viands), from Proto-Indo-European *seu-, *sew- (juice, moisture, rain). Cognate with Eastern Frisian süfel (dairy products), Dutch zuivel (dairy products), Middle Low German suvel, süvel, suffel (sowl), Danish sul (sowl), Swedish sovel (sowl).

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NounEdit

sowl (plural sowls)

  1. (UK dialectal) A relish; sauce; dainty; anything eaten with bread.
  2. (UK dialectal) Tasty, seasoned food.
  3. (UK dialectal) Pottage; moist, liquid food.
  4. (UK dialectal) Any liquid that is drunk.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English sowle, sawle (soul). More at soul.

NounEdit

sowl (plural sowls)

  1. Archaic spelling of soul.

Etymology 3Edit

Compare German zaulen, zauseln, zausen (to tug, drag). More at tousle.

VerbEdit

sowl (third-person singular simple present sowls, present participle sowling, simple past and past participle sowled)

  1. To pull by the ears; to drag about.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

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