low

1
[ loh ]
/ loʊ /

adjective, low·er, low·est.

adverb, low·er, low·est.

noun

Idioms for low

    lay low,
    1. to overpower or kill; defeat: to lay one's attackers low.
    2. to knock down; make prostrate.
    3. Informal. to lie low.
    lie low,
    1. to conceal oneself: He had to lie low for a while.
    2. to do nothing until the right opportunity develops; bide one's time: Until the dispute is settled, you would do best to lie low.

Origin of low

1
1125–75; Middle English lowe, lohe (adj. and noun), earlier lāh < Old Norse lāgr (adj.); cognate with Old Frisian lēge, lēch, Dutch laag, Old High German laege; akin to lie2

SYNONYMS FOR low

13 exhausted, sinking, expiring, dying.
17 quiet.
18 deep.
27 rude, crude. See mean2.

OTHER WORDS FROM low

low·ish, adjectivelow·ness, nouno·ver·low·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH low

low lowly
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British Dictionary definitions for lay low (1 of 3)

Low
/ (ləʊ) /

noun

Sir David. 1891–1963, British political cartoonist, born in New Zealand: created Colonel BlimpSee blimp 2

British Dictionary definitions for lay low (2 of 3)

low1
/ (ləʊ) /

adjective

adverb

noun

Derived forms of low

lowness, noun

Word Origin for low

C12 lāh, from Old Norse lāgr; related to Old Frisian lēch low, Dutch laag

British Dictionary definitions for lay low (3 of 3)

low2
/ (ləʊ) /

noun Also: lowing

the sound uttered by cattle; moo

verb

to make or express by a low or moo

Word Origin for low

Old English hlōwan; related to Dutch loeien, Old Saxon hlōian
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Idioms and Phrases with lay low (1 of 2)

lay low

see lay someone low; lie low.

Idioms and Phrases with lay low (2 of 2)

low

In addition to the idioms beginning with low

  • low blow
  • low boiling point
  • low man on the totem pole
  • low profile

also see:

  • at a low ebb
  • (low) boiling point
  • high and low
  • keep a low profile
  • lay someone low
  • lie low
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