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