See also: MOW and mów

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English mowen (participle mowen), from Old English māwan (past tense mēow, past participle māwen), from Proto-Germanic *mēaną (compare Dutch maaien, German mähen, Danish meje, Swedish meja), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂meh₁- (to mow, reap); compare Hittite [script needed] (ḫamešḫa, spring/early summer, literally mowing time), Latin metō (I harvest, mow), Ancient Greek ἀμάω (amáō, I mow).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /məʊ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /moʊ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊ

VerbEdit

mow (third-person singular simple present mows, present participle mowing, simple past mowed, past participle mowed or mown)

  1. (transitive) To cut down grass or crops.
    He mowed the lawn every few weeks in the summer.
  2. (transitive) To cut down or slaughter in great numbers.
    • 1915, Captain Robert Palmer, Letters from Mesopotamia
      In the afternoon they attacked again, in close formation: our artillery mowed them, but they came on and on, []
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NounEdit

mow (plural mows)

  1. The act of mowing (a garden, grass etc.)
    The lawn hasn't had a mow for a couple of months, so it's like a jungle out there!
  2. (cricket) A shot played with a sweeping or scythe-like motion.
    • 1828, Sporting Magazine (volume 21? 71? page 10)
      I consider it would engender a stiff, tame, cautious mode of play, with only now and then a mow, or a chopping hit.
    • 2015, Lawrence Booth, The Shorter Wisden 2015:
      At times, they seemed to be playing an especially orgiastic version of Stick Cricket, all computerised mows over midwicket and 30 off the over.

Etymology 2Edit

Middle English mowe, from Middle French moue (lip, pout), borrowed from Old French moe (grimace), from Frankish *mauwa (pout, protruding lip), from Proto-Germanic *mawwō (muff, sleeve). Akin to Middle Dutch mouwe (protruding lip). Cognate to moue (pout).

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NounEdit

mow (plural mows)

  1. (now only dialectal) A scornful grimace; a wry face. [from 14th c.]
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VerbEdit

mow (third-person singular simple present mows, present participle mowing, simple past and past participle mowed)

  1. To make grimaces, mock.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 2 scene 2
      For every trifle are they set upon me: / Sometime like apes that mow and chatter at me, / And after bite me;
    • 1848, Henry Walter (editor), William Tyndale (original author), Doctrinal Treatises and Introductions to Different Portions of the Holy Scriptures
      Nodding, becking, and mowing.
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Etymology 3Edit

Old English mūga. Cognate with Norwegian muge (heap, crowd, flock).

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NounEdit

mow (plural mows)

  1. (now regional) A stack of hay, corn, beans or a barn for the storage of hay, corn, beans.
  2. The place in a barn where hay or grain in the sheaf is stowed.
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VerbEdit

mow (third-person singular simple present mows, present participle mowing, simple past and past participle mowed)

  1. (agriculture) To put into mows.
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Etymology 4Edit

NounEdit

mow (plural mows)

  1. Alternative form of mew (a seagull)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for mow in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Feom Old English magan (to use, to win, to be able to).

VerbEdit

mow

  1. Alternative form of mowen (to be able to)

Etymology 2Edit

Feom Old English māwan (to mow).

VerbEdit

mow

  1. Alternative form of mowen (to mow)