, in the original sense, is a flat bottomed boat
, often used to haul garbage
or similar bulk freight; cf. barge
. The etymology
of the word is from Dutch schouwe
, meaning such a boat.
In slang, the word has recently acquired two new senses, which refer to motor vehicles:
- The first colloquial sense calls a dump truck a "scow."
- Extending the first colloquial sense, "scow" is sometimes used to refer to a pickup truck, sport utility vehicle, or minivan as a class; or any similar large, tall, or long vehicle.