From Middle English sovel, suvel, saulee, from Old English sufl, sufel, sufol (“anything eaten with bread, sowl, relish eaten with bread”), from Proto-Germanic *suflą (“entremets, viands”), from Proto-Indo-European *seu-, *sew- (“juice, moisture, rain”). Cognate with Eastern Frisian süfel (“dairy products”), Dutch zuivel (“dairy products”), Middle Low German suvel, süvel, suffel (“sowl”), Danish sul (“sowl”), Swedish sovel (“sowl”).
- Archaic spelling of soul.
(third-person singular simple present sowls, present participle sowling, simple past and past participle sowled)
- To pull by the ears; to drag about.
Compare German zaulen, zauseln, zausen (“to tug, drag”).