Definition of scow in English:


Syllabification: scow
Pronunciation: /skou


North American
  • 1A wide-beamed sailing dinghy.
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    • Near the end of a trip down the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories 30 years ago, my former wife and I encountered a lone man in a scow.
    • When break-up came at the end of May, he floated out the 1500 miles to the Pacific on a scow, and worked his way home stoking coal on a steamship.
    • A month later, their wooden scow was found floating right side up at the western end of the Canyon, sans the Hydes.
  • 1.1A flat-bottomed boat with sloping ends used as a lighter and in dredging and other harbor services.
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    • It is not known how many scows, barges, and other vessels were involved in transporting brownstone.
    • Waterways, travelled by steamer and scow, were far more available for transport in this area of the province than in the south.
    • Many small wharves were built for the scows which collected the products of the mills.


mid 17th century: from Dutch schouw 'ferryboat'.

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