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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English sulwen, solwen, solewen, variant of Middle English sulien ‎(to sully), or representing an unrecorded Old English *solgian ‎(to soil, sully), related to Old High German solagōn ‎(to soil, sully, make dirty). More at sully.


sullow ‎(third-person singular simple present sullows, present participle sullowing, simple past and past participle sullowed)

  1. (transitive) To sully.

Etymology 2[edit]

Middle English suluh, solowe, from Old English sulh, from Proto-Germanic *sulhs, from Proto-Indo-European *selk-, *solk- ‎(to pull) (compare Latin sulcus ‎(furrow), Tocharian B sälk ‎(to pull out), Ancient Greek ἑλκύω ‎(helkúō, to drag), ὁλκός ‎(holkós, draft), Albanian hulli ‎(furrow), heq ‎(take away, drag) dialectal helk, Old Armenian հեղգ ‎(hełg, slow-going, lagging)).

Alternative forms[edit]


sullow ‎(plural sullows)

  1. (dialectal or rare) A plough.