Sew Definition

sewed, sewing, sewn, sews
sewed, sewing, sewn, sews
To join or fasten with stitches made with needle and thread.
Webster's New World
To work with needle and thread or at a sewing machine.
Webster's New World
To furnish with stitches for the purpose of closing, fastening, or attaching.
Sew an incision closed.
American Heritage
To make, mend, enclose, etc. by such means.
Webster's New World

(obsolete) To drain, as a pond, for taking the fish.

sew up
  • to close or bring together the edges of with stitches
  • to enclose in something by sewing
Webster's New World

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Sew

Origin of Sew

  • 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"), *syuh₁-. Cognate with Scots sew (“to sew"), North Frisian saie, sei (“to sew"), Saterland Frisian säie (“to sew"), Danish sy, Polish szyć, Russian шить (Å¡itʹ), Swedish sy, Latin suō. Related to seam.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English sewen from Old English seowian syū- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Related to sewer (“a drain").

    From Wiktionary

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