1. a derog. term for a (fat) woman; occas. of a man (see cit. 1972).
|Play of Weather in Farmer (1905) 101: A Gentleman, in yonder corner, / And, as I think, his name is Master Horner / A hunter he is, and cometh to make you sport. He would hunt a sow or twain out of this sort. (Here he pointeth to the women).|
|Married Beau IV i: Oh! th’impudent nasty Sow!|
|False Friend Act I: The fat over-grown Sow, has an Air of Importance.|
|Erasmus’ Colloquies 261: The Husband, instead of my dear Soul, has been call’d Blockhead [...] and the Wife Sow, Fool, dirty Drab.(trans.)|
|Collier’s Wedding 24: They call her Bitch, and Jade, and Sow.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 163: Sow — [...] is cast opprobriously without discrimination at any full-grown lady of the apple-stall or old clothes’ shop.|
|Proc. Old Bailey 30 Mar. 990: He called me a b—old sow, a b—cow, and used other expressions.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 17/2: I’ll learn thee to ‘namase’ with the ‘stuff’ what I get, and give it way to a rotten sow like that.|
|Dict. Amer. Sl. 52: sow. A woman not liked.|
|Tropic of Cancer (1963) 121: Don’t mind her [...] she’s just a big sow.|
|Gold in the Streets (1966) 92: Okay, you silly little sow.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 187: sow 1. any fat homosexual.|
|Viz June/July 35: And make sure my egg is soft boiled, you dozy old sow!|
|Trainspotting 19: Next tae Mikey is an evil-looking bastard, whose eyes are on the bloated sow.|
2. a general term of abuse, irrespective of gender.
|Watty and Meg 5: Nasty gude-for-naething being! / O ye snuffy, druncken sow!|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 17 Nov. 4/8: There blasted sow wot come in ’ere an’ polled on me fer three long beers an’ arf me cigarettes.|
|letter 17 May in Paige (1971) 60: He is a rich man who [...] tries to ‘earn a living’, which meant he hogs a minor job which would be a living to some other man, but which wouldn’t pay for the gasoline in S----’s automobile. Blithering sow.|
a derog. term applied to a woman.
|At Night All Cats Are Grey 44: ‘Sowbitch!’ he shouted and flogged the back of his fist across her mouth.|
a derog. term applied to an ugly woman.
|Sel. Letters (1992) 186: Old bagface has taken over from old sowface the job of irritating me.letter 23 July in Thwaite|
(Aus.) any area of a hotel (i.e. public house) reserved for women only.
|‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xl 4/4: sow pen: Any parlour in a hotel reserved for ladies only.|