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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for alow
Historical Examples
  • For the next week all was confusion on deck, alow and aloft.

    Syd Belton George Manville Fenn
  • Also they were faine to alow such large bills of charges as were intolerable; the charges of ye patent came to above 500li.

  • If the heart, by the alow method of respiration, is pulsating in ratio of four to one respiration, no effect can be induced.

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

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Synonymous with below; as alow and aloft, though more properly low and aloft.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Up the rigging and down the stays, alow and aloft, out on the flying jib-boom and along the hammock nettings.

    Cats W. Gordon Stables
  • 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
  • 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
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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