Chillun warn't 'lowed to spend money den lak dey does now, 'cause dey had evvything dey needed anyhow.
She 'lowed she'd stay and mind t' children till I get better a bit.
An' he 'lowed none, 'ceptin' the devil a-raidin' 'roun' his own soul.
Then I 'lowed she might tell me what was up—through the door.
Wash 'lowed we'd better tie up at the river, but I knew you'd be watching for me.
You seemed so damn curious about my stock, Ah 'lowed ye were purchasin'.
And old Jack Means 'lowed Bud must want to have their barns burnt like some other folkses had been.
He 'lowed that they'd make it a point to put a tax on wagons not made in the state.
Nobody warn't 'lowed to have fires, and if dey wuz caught wid any dat meant a beatin'.
An' she 'lowed she didn't want no bonnet, but would like to change her pinny.
"not high," late 13c., from lah (late 12c.), "not rising much, being near the base or ground" (of objects or persons); "lying on the ground or in a deep place" (late 13c.), from Old Norse lagr "low," or a similar Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish låg, Danish lav), from Proto-Germanic *lega- "lying flat, low" (cf. Old Frisian lech, Middle Dutch lage, Dutch laag "low," dialectal German läge "flat"), from PIE *legh- "to lie" (see lie (v.2)).
Meaning "humble in rank" is from c.1200; "undignified" is from 1550s; sense of "dejected, dispirited" is attested from 1737; meaning "coarse, vulgar" is from 1759. In reference to sounds, "not loud," also "having a deep pitch," it is attested from c.1300. Of prices, from c.1400. In geographical usage, low refers to the part of a country near the sea-shore (c.1300; e.g. Low Countries "Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg," 1540s). As an adverb c.1200, from the adjective.
Old English hlowan "make a noise like a cow," from Proto-Germanic *khlo- (cf. Middle Dutch loeyen, Dutch loeien, Old Low Franconian luon, Old High German hluojen), from imitative PIE root *kele- (2) "to shout" (see claim (v.)).
sound made by cows, 1540s, from low (v.).
"hill," obsolete except in place names, Old English hlaw "hill, mound," especially "barrow," related to hleonian "to lean" (see lean (v.)). Cf. Latin clivus "hill" from the same PIE root.
early 13c., from low (adj.). Of voices or sounds, from c.1300.