any of various vessels having a flat-bottomed rectangular hull with sloping ends, built in various sizes with or without means of propulsion, as barges, punts, rowboats, or sailboats.
Eastern U.S. a barge carrying bulk material in an open hold.
an old or clumsy boat; hulk; tub.
verb (used with object)
to transport by scow.

1660–70, Americanism; < Dutch schouw ferryboat Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
scow (skaʊ)
1.  an unpowered barge used for freight; lighter
2.  (esp in the midwestern US) a sailing yacht with a flat bottom, designed to plane
[C18: via Dutch schouw from Low German schalde, related to Old Saxon skaldan to push (a boat) into the sea]

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Word Origin & History

"large flat-bottomed boat," 1780, from Du. schouw "a ferry boat, punt," from M.Du. scouwe, related to O.E. scaldan, O.S. scaldan "to push (a boat) from shore."
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Example sentences
The trouble begins when the husband decides to move the scow to a better location.
Scow founded a plant that produced chrome pigments and iron oxide.
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