Definition of sow noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//saʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//saʊ//
Farm animals, Domesticated mammals
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  • a female pig compare boar, hog See related entries: Farm animals, Domesticated mammals
  • Word OriginOld English sugu; related to Dutch zeug, German Sau, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin sus and Greek hus ‘pig’.Idioms
    make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
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    to succeed in making something good out of material that does not seem very good at all
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sow