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adverb Nautical.
  1. below decks.
  2. (on a square-rigged sailing ship) in the lower rigging, specifically, below the lower yards (opposed to aloft).
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Origin of alow1

1350–1400; earlier, downward, lower down, Middle English aloue; see a-1, low1


or a·lowe

adjective, adverb Northern British Dialect.
  1. ablaze; aflame.
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Origin of alow2

1150–1200; Middle English o loghe, a lowe; see a-1, low3
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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)

British Dictionary definitions for alow


adverb, adjective
  1. (postpositive) nautical in or into the lower rigging of a vessel, near the deck
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