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[uh-loh] /əˈloʊ/
adverb, Nautical.
below decks.
(on a square-rigged sailing ship) in the lower rigging, specifically, below the lower yards (opposed to aloft).
Origin of alow1
1350-1400; earlier, downward, lower down, Middle English aloue; see a-1, low1


or alowe

[uh-loh] /əˈloʊ/
adjective, adverb, Northern British Dialect.
ablaze; aflame.
1150-1200; Middle English o loghe, a lowe; see a-1, low3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Also they were faine to alow such large bills of charges as were intolerable; the charges of ye patent came to above 500li.

  • But nothing that took place, alow or aloft, escaped his keen observation.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Royals and studding-sails, alow and aloft, were now set, and away the Ione flew before the breeze.

  • As I am a profest lover of novelty you must alow me to be much entertained by this discovery.

    Child Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • For the next week all was confusion on deck, alow and aloft.

    Syd Belton George Manville Fenn
  • For another day we continued to lie in the river; but the brig, alow and aloft, bustled with various activities.

    The Great Quest Charles Boardman Hawes
  • alow me to hear dygress & stait that my Beests at presnt is as harmless as the newborn Babe.

    The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
  • She was a brigantine aloft, but alow she had much the same lines as the Laughing Lass.

    The Mystery Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • At eight o'clock the next morning the Pretty Mary stood out to sea with every stitch of canvas set, alow and aloft.

  • They were all under plain sail aloft and alow—27 sail of the line, frigates and steamers.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea William Howard Russell
British Dictionary definitions for alow


adverb, adjective
(postpositive) (nautical) in or into the lower rigging of a vessel, near the deck
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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