Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

MOW, v.1, n.1 Also mowe. [mʌu]

I. v. tr. or absol. To copulate, to have carnal intercourse (with), of the male (Sc. 1722 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) III. 27, 1811 Lex Balatronicium). Also in n.Eng. dial. Obs. or arch. Abd. 1729 Third S. C. Misc. II. 155:
I found that our young Landlord mow'd Mrs Bettie the cook-maid.
Lnk. 1780 Session Papers, Petition M. Inglis (23 Nov.) Proof 2:
He had mow'd Margaret Inglis several times.
Ayr. a.1796 Merry Muses (1959) 43:
And why shouldna poor folk mowe?
Edb. 1928 A. D. Mackie Poems 33:
As coos will gie sook Or bulls mowe in season.

II. n. The act of copulation. Ayr. a.1796 Merry Muses (1959) 44:
Here's George our gude king and Charlotte his queen And lang may they tak a gude mowe!

[O.Sc. mow, to copulate, c.1540, of unknown orig.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Mow v.1, n.1". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 27 Jan 2022 <>



Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND: