mow

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Etymology 1[edit]

Middle English mowen (participle mowen), from Old English māwan (past tense mēow, past participle māwen), from Proto-Germanic *mēaną (cf. Dutch maaien, German mähen, Danish meje), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂meh₁- ‘to mow, reap’ (cf. Hittite hamesha ‘spring/early summer’, literally, ‘mowing time’, Ancient Greek (poetic) amân)

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

  1. To cut something (especially grass or crops) down or knock down.
    He mowed the lawn.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Middle English mowe, from Middle French moue (lip, pout), from Old French moe (grimace), from Frankish *mauwa (pout, protruding lip). Akin to Middle Dutch mouwe (protruding lip). Cognate to moue (pout).

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mow (plural mows)

  1. (now only dialectal) A scornful grimace; a wry face. [from 14th c.]
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 212:
      Those that paint them dying [...] delineate the prisoners spitting in their executioners faces, and making mowes at them.
    • Shakespeare
      Make mows at him.
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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;
    • Tyndale
      Nodding, becking, and mowing.
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Etymology 3[edit]

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

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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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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 4[edit]

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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.

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