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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 Saterland Frisian süfel (dairy products), Dutch zuivel (dairy products), Middle Low German suvel, süvel, suffel (sowl), Danish sul (sowl), Swedish sovel (sowl).

Alternative formsEdit


sowl (plural sowls)

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

Etymology 2Edit

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


sowl (plural sowls)

  1. Archaic spelling of soul.

Etymology 3Edit

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


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.