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Sot vs Sow - What's the difference?

sot | sow |

As nouns the difference between sot and sow

is that sot is stupid person; fool while sow is a female pig.

As verbs the difference between sot and sow

is that sot is to drink until one becomes drunk while sow is to scatter, disperse, or plant (seeds).




(en noun)
  • (archaic) stupid person; fool
  • * 1610 , , act 3 scene 2
  • Remember / First to possess his books; for without them / He's but a sot , as I am
  • * Oldham
  • In Egypt oft has seen the Sot bow down, / And reverence some deified Baboon.
  • drunkard
  • * Roscommon
  • Every sign / That calls the staring sots to nasty wine.

    Derived terms

    * sottish


  • To drink until one becomes drunk
  • To stupefy; to infatuate; to besot.
  • * Dryden
  • I hate to see a brave, bold fellow sotted .

    Derived terms

    * sotted


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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) sowe, from (etyl) sugu, from (etyl) (ae)). See also swine .


  • A female pig.
  • A channel that conducts molten metal to molds.
  • A mass of metal solidified in a mold.
  • * 1957 , H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry , p. 160:
  • In England, it was generally termed a 'sow' , if the weight was above 10 cwts., if below, it was termed a 'pig' from which the present term 'pig iron' is derived.
  • (derogatory, slang) A contemptible, often fat woman.
  • A sowbug.
  • (military) A kind of covered shed, formerly used by besiegers in filling up and passing the ditch of a besieged place, sapping and mining the wall, etc.
  • (Craig)
    Usage notes
    The plural form swine is now obsolete in this sense.
    * (mass of metal solidified in a mold) ingot * (contemptible woman) bitch, cow
    Derived terms
    * make a silk purse of a sow's ear

    See also

    * boar * hog * pig

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) sowen, from (etyl) .


  • To scatter, disperse, or plant (seeds).
  • When I had sown the field, the day's work was over.
    As you sow , so shall you reap.
  • (figurative) To spread abroad; to propagate.
  • * Addison
  • And sow dissension in the hearts of brothers.
  • (figurative) To scatter over; to besprinkle.
  • * Sir M. Hale
  • The intellectual faculty is a goodly field, and it is the worst husbandry in the world to sow it with trifles.
  • * Milton
  • [He] sowed with stars the heaven.
    * plant, scatter
    Derived terms
    * reap what one sows *