A young man sewing with a sewing machine.
An example of sew is to patch up a hole in a pair of jeans.
transitive verbsewed, sewn or sewed, sew′ing
- to join or fasten with stitches made with needle and thread
- to make, mend, enclose, etc. by such means
Origin of sewMiddle English sewen from Old English siwian, akin to Gothic siujan from Indo-European base an unverified form siw-, to sew from source seam, Classical Latin suere (pp. sutus), to sew, sew together
- to close or bring together the edges of with stitches
- to enclose in something by sewing
- to get or have absolute control of or right to; monopolize
- to bring to a successful conclusion
- to make certain of success in: to sew up an election
verbsewed, sewn, or sewed sew·ing, sews
- To make, repair, or fasten by stitching, as with a needle and thread or a sewing machine: sew a dress; sew on a button.
- To furnish with stitches for the purpose of closing, fastening, or attaching: sew an incision closed.
Origin of sewMiddle English sewen from Old English seowian ; see syū- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present sews, present participle sewing, simple past sewed, past participle sewn or sewed or (obsolete) sewen)
- To use a needle to pass thread repeatedly through (pieces of fabric) in order to join them together.
- Balls were first made of grass or leaves held together by strings, and later of pieces of animal skin sewn together and stuffed with feathers or hay.
- (intransitive) To use a needle to pass thread repeatedly through pieces of fabric in order to join them together.
- To enclose by sewing.
- to sew money into a bag
From Middle English sewen, seowen, sowen, from Old English sÄ«wian, sÄ“owian, sÄ“owan (“to sew, mend, patch, knit together, link, unite"), from Proto-Germanic *siwjanÄ… (“to sew"), from Proto-Indo-European *sÄ«w- (“to sew"), *syuhâ‚-. Cognate with Scots sew (“to sew"), North Frisian saie, sei (“to sew"), Saterland Frisian sÃ¤ie (“to sew"), Danish sy, Polish szyÄ‡, Russian ÑˆÐ¸Ñ‚ÑŒ (Å¡itÊ¹), Swedish sy, Latin suÅ. Related to seam.
(third-person singular simple present sews, present participle sewing, simple past and past participle sewed)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Related to sewer (“a drain").