from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The place in a barn where hay, grain, or other feed is stored.
  • n. A stack of hay or other feed stored in a barn.
  • transitive v. To cut down (grass or grain) with a scythe or a mechanical device.
  • transitive v. To cut (grass or grain) from: mow the lawn.
  • intransitive v. To cut down grass or other growth.
  • mow down To destroy in great numbers as if cutting down, as in battle.
  • mow down To overwhelm: mowed down the opposition with strong arguments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stack of hay, corn, beans or a barn for the storage of hay, corn, beans.
  • v. To put into mows.
  • v. To cut something (especially grass or crops) down or knock down.
  • v. To make grimaces, mock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wry face.
  • n. Same as mew, a gull.
  • n. A heap or mass of hay or of sheaves of grain stowed in a barn.
  • n. The place in a barn where hay or grain in the sheaf is stowed.
  • v. May; can.
  • intransitive v. To make mouths.
  • intransitive v. To cut grass, etc., with a scythe, or with a machine; to cut grass for hay.
  • transitive v. To cut down, as grass, with a scythe or machine.
  • transitive v. To cut the grass from.
  • transitive v. To cut down; to cause to fall in rows or masses, as in mowing grass; -- with down.
  • transitive v. To lay, as hay or sheaves of grain, in a heap or mass in a barn; to pile and stow away.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cut down (grass or grain) with a sharp implement; cut with a scythe or (in recent use) a mowing-machine; hence, to cut down in general.
  • To cut the grass from: as, to mow a meadow.
  • To cut down indiscriminately, or in great numbers or quantity.
  • To cut down grass or grain; practise mowing; use the scythe or (in modern use) mowing-machine.
  • To put in a mow; lay, as hay or sheaves of grain, in a pile, heap, or mass in a barn: commonly with away.
  • To be able; may. See may.
  • To make months or grimaces; mock. Compare mop.
  • n. A heap or pile of hay, or of sheaves of grain, deposited in a barn; also, in the west of England, a rick or stack of hay or grain.
  • n. The compartment in a barn where hay, sheaves of grain, etc., are stored.
  • n. A kinswoman; a sister-in-law.
  • n. A grimace, especially an insulting one; a mock.
  • n. A jest; a joke: commonly in the plural.
  • n. A Chinese land-measure, equal to about one sixth of an English acre.
  • n. Also spelled mou.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a sad face and thrust out one's lower lip
  • v. cut with a blade or mower
  • n. a loft in a barn where hay is stored


Middle English, stack of hay, from Old English mūga.
Middle English mowen, from Old English māwan; see mē-4 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English mowen, from Old English māwan, from Proto-Germanic *mēanan (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) (Wiktionary)
Old English mūga. Cognate with Norwegian muge ("heap, crowd, flock"). (Wiktionary)
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"). (Wiktionary)



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