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Etymology 1[edit]

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 forms[edit]


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 2[edit]

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


sowl (plural sowls)

  1. Archaic spelling of soul.

Etymology 3[edit]

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.