An example of sew is to patch up a hole in a pair of jeans.
Sew a dress; sew on a button.
To sew money into a bag.
Sew an incision closed.
- 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"), *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.
- Related to sewer (“a drain").