AskDefine | Define mow

Dictionary Definition

mow n : a loft for storing hay [syn: hayloft]


1 cut with a blade or mower; "mow the grass" [syn: cut down]
2 make a sad face and thrust out one's lower lip; "mop and mow"; "The girl pouted" [syn: pout, mop] [also: mown]

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1



  1. To cut something (especially grass or crops) down or knock down.
    He mowed the lawn.
Derived terms
To cut something down

Etymology 2



  1. farming jargon A stack of hay, corn, beans or a barn for the storage of hay, corn, beans.
A stack or barn of/for hay, corn, beans


  1. farming jargon To put into mows.
To put into mows

Etymology 3

From etyl frm mouwe, moe. Compare moue.


  1. In the context of "obsolete|_|except|_|dialectal": A scornful grimace.
    • 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.

Extensive Definition

Mowing refers to cutting crops or plants that grow on the ground. See:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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