An example of sew is to patch up a hole in a pair of jeans.
Sew a dress; sew on a button.
Sew an incision closed.
To sew money into a bag.
- To close or bring together the edges of with stitches.
- To enclose in something by sewing.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of sew
- Middle English sewen from Old English seowian syū- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.
- Related to sewer (“a drain").