Shew - shewn - shewed

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These are obsolete spellings of the verb 'to show', and its past tense and participle. These are normally written today as showed (past tense) and shown (past participle). (See show (irregular verb).) AWE advises all current writers of formal British English to use the forms with -o-.

Spelling was normally an -e- until the nineteenth century, and represented a pronunciation current until about then. Poetry often rhymed the forms of to sho/ew with 'view' and 'true' down to c 1700 (OED). The spelling is not seen nowadays, although the playwright G.B. Shaw (1856-1950) used it regularly. (AWE does not know how he pronounced the words.)

See also show (irregular verb).