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Wow vs Sow - What's the difference?

wow | sow |

As verbs the difference between wow and sow

is that wow is to amaze or awe while sow is to scatter, disperse, or plant (seeds).

As nouns the difference between wow and sow

is that wow is an exceptionally surprising or unbelievable fact while sow is a female pig.

As an interjection wow

is an indication of excitement or surprise.



(wikipedia wow)


(en interjection)
  • An indication of excitement or surprise.
  • * 1513 , (Gavin Douglas), Virgil ├ćneid (translation) vi. Prol. 19 :
  • Out on thir wanderand spiritis, wow! thow cryis.
  • An expression of amazement or awe.
  • Wow! How do they do that?
  • Used sarcastically to express disapproval of something.
  • Wow... I can't believe you would do such a thing.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * wowzer, wowser * wowsers * wowzah


    (en verb)
  • (informal) To amaze or awe.
  • He really wowed the audience.


    (en noun)
  • (informal) An exceptionally surprising or unbelievable fact.
  • He did? That's a wow !
  • A relatively slow form of flutter (pitch variation) which can affect both gramophone records and tape recorders.
  • Anagrams

    * ----



    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 *