Definition of scow in English:


Syllabification: scow
Pronunciation: /skou


North American
1A wide-beamed sailing dinghy.
More example sentences
  • 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.
More example sentences
  • 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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