Last modified on 1 June 2014, at 19:58



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 Lua error in Module:etymology_language at line 136: The source language/family code "frs" is not valid. Lua error in Module:links/templates at line 52: The language code "frs" is not valid., Dutch zuivel (dairy products), Middle Low German suvel, süvel, suffel (sowl), Danish sul (sowl), Swedish sovel (sowl).

Alternative formsEdit


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.


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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)