Green’s Dictionary of Slang

sow n.1

1. a derog. term for a (fat) woman; occas. of a man (see cit. 1972).

[UK]J. Heywood 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).
[UK]J. Crowne Married Beau IV i: Oh! th’impudent nasty Sow!
[UK]Vanbrugh False Friend Act I: The fat over-grown Sow, has an Air of Importance.
[UK]Bailey (trans.) Erasmus’ Colloquies 261: The Husband, instead of my dear Soul, has been call’d Blockhead [...] and the Wife Sow, Fool, dirty Drab.
[UK]E. Chicken Collier’s Wedding 24: They call her Bitch, and Jade, and Sow.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ 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.
[UK]Proc. Old Bailey 30 Mar. 990: He called me a b—old sow, a b—cow, and used other expressions.
[UK]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.
[US]Wood & Goddard Dict. Amer. Sl. 52: sow. A woman not liked.
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Cancer (1963) 121: Don’t mind her [...] she’s just a big sow.
[Aus]D. Niland Gold in the Streets (1966) 92: Okay, you silly little sow.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 187: sow 1. any fat homosexual.
[UK]Viz June/July 35: And make sure my egg is soft boiled, you dozy old sow!
[UK]I. Welsh 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.

[UK]Watty and Meg 5: Nasty gude-for-naething being! / O ye snuffy, druncken sow!
[Aus]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.
[US]E. Pound 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.

In compounds

sowface (n.)

a derog. term applied to an ugly woman.

[UK]P. Larkin letter 23 July in Thwaite Sel. Letters (1992) 186: Old bagface has taken over from old sowface the job of irritating me.
sow-pen (n.)

(Aus.) any area of a hotel (i.e. public house) reserved for women only.

[Aus] ‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xl 4/4: sow pen: Any parlour in a hotel reserved for ladies only.