- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /səʊl/
- (General American) enPR: sōl, IPA(key): /soʊl/
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- Rhymes: -əʊl
- Homophones: Seoul, sole, soul
From Middle English sǒuel, souvel, suvel (“food eaten with bread; food in general”), from Old English sufel, sufol (“anything (especially relish) eaten with bread; sowl”), from Proto-Germanic *suflą (“entremets, viands”), from Proto-Indo-European *seu-, *sew- (“juice; moisture; rain”). The word is cognate with Danish sul (“sowl”), Middle Dutch suvel, zuvel (modern Dutch zuivel (“dairy products”)), Middle Low German suvel, süvel, suffel (“sowl”), Old High German sufil, sufili, Old Norse sufl, Norwegian suvl, sovl, sul (“milk porridge; food eaten with bread, porridge or soup”), Saterland Frisian süfel (“dairy products”), Swedish sofvel, sovel (“sowl”), West Frisian suvel (“dairy products”).
- A dainty; a relish; a sauce; anything eaten with bread.
- Something tasty added to liquid or semi-liquid food; the food so seasoned.
- Any moist, liquid food; a pottage.
- Any liquid that is drunk; a beverage, a drink.
sowl (plural sowls)
- Archaic spelling of soul.
- (transitive) To pull (especially an animal) by the ears; to drag about.
- c. 1608–1609, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene v], page 23, column 1:
- Hee'l go he ſayes, and ſole the Porter of Rome Gates by th'ears. He will mowe all downe before him, and leaue his paſſage poul'd.