scow


scow

noun

  1. any of various vessels having a flat-bottomed rectangular hull with sloping ends, built in various sizes with or without means of propulsion, as barges, punts, rowboats, or sailboats.
  2. Eastern U.S. a barge carrying bulk material in an open hold.
  3. an old or clumsy boat; hulk; tub.

verb (used with object)

  1. to transport by scow.

noun

  1. an unpowered barge used for freight; lighter
  2. (esp in the midwestern US) a sailing yacht with a flat bottom, designed to plane

n.“large flat-bottomed boat,” 1780, from Dutch schouw “a ferry boat, punt,” from Middle Dutch scouwe, related to Old English scaldan, Old Saxon scaldan “to push (a boat) from shore.”

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