- to put (cargo, provisions, etc.) in the places intended for them.
- to put (sails, spars, gear, etc.) in the proper place or condition when not in use.
- to put in a place or receptacle, as for storage or reserve; pack: He stowed the potatoes in our cellar.
- to fill (a place or receptacle) by packing: to stow a carton with books.
- to have or afford room for; hold.
- Slang. to stop; break off: Stow it! Stow the talk!
- to put away, as in a safe or convenient place (often followed by away).
- to lodge or quarter.
- stow away, to conceal oneself aboard a ship or other conveyance in order to obtain free transportation or to elude pursuers.
Origin of stow
- a city in NE Ohio.
Examples from the Web for stow
The $9 “Priority Boarding” fee on Delta so you can “stow your bags without hassle”?Those Awful Airline Fees From United, American, Delta, and the Rest Add Up
William J. McGee
August 13, 2012
Mrs. Ford would have politely told her critics to stow it, though she might have agreed with them on a thing or two.Laura Bush Is No Betty Ford
May 4, 2010
What a sly devil I was to stow that treasure away for a rainy day!Captain Brand of the "Centipede"
H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
"Come down, and we'll stow it in our berth," said Flannigan.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
Tom Platt an' dad they stow together, an' you'll hear 'em arguin'."Captains Courageous"
The last notice is in Howe's continuation of Stow's Annals .Shakespearean Playhouses
Joseph Quincy Adams
Stow and others follow him here, but, as it should seem, unadvisedly.Henry of Monmouth, Volume 1
J. Endell Tyler
- (often foll by away) to pack or store
- to fill by packing
- nautical to pack or put away (cargo, sails and other gear, etc)
- to have enough room for
- (usually imperative) British slang to cease fromstow your noise!; stow it!
- John. 1525–1605, English antiquary, noted for his Survey of London and Westminster (1598; 1603)
Word Origin and History for stow
c.1300, verbal use of Old English noun stow "a place" (common in place names) from Proto-Germanic *stowijanan (cf. Old Frisian sto "place," Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Dutch stouwen "to stow," Old High German stouwen "to stop, check," German stauen "to stow"), from PIE *stau-, from root *sta- "to stand" (cf. Old Church Slavonic stavljo "to place," Lithuanian stoviu "to stand;" see stet). The nautical sense of "put away to be stored, pack" (1550s) was enforced by Dutch stouwen "to cram, pack up close." Related: Stowed; stowing.