low

1
[ loh ]
/ loʊ /

adjective, low·er, low·est.

adverb, low·er, low·est.

noun

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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
First recorded in 1125–75; Middle English lou(e), loh(e) (adjective and noun), earlier lāh, from Old Norse lāgr (adjective) “low, low down”; cognate with Old Frisian lēge, lēch, Dutch laag, Old High German laege; akin to lie2

synonym study for low

27. See mean2.

OTHER WORDS FROM low

lowish, adjectivelowness, nouno·ver·low·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH low

low , lowly.

Definition for low (2 of 4)

low2
[ loh ]
/ loʊ /

verb (used without object), lowed, low·ing.

to utter the deep, low sound characteristic of cattle; moo.

verb (used with object), lowed, low·ing.

to utter by or as by lowing.

noun

the act or the sound of lowing: the low of a distant herd.

Origin of low

2
First recorded before 1000; Middle English lowen, Old English hlōwan; cognate with Dutch loeien, Old High German hluoen, Old Saxon hlōian; akin to Old Norse Hlōi a proper name (literally, “bellower, shouter”), Latin clāmāre “to call out”

Definition for low (3 of 4)

low3

or lowe

[ loh ]
/ loʊ /

verb (used without object), lowed, low·ing.British Dialect.

to burn; blaze.
(of a person) to feel strong emotions; glow with excitement.

Origin of low

3
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Old Norse loga “to flame,” log “a flame,” akin to German lohen (verb), Lohe (noun), Latin lūcēre (verb), lūx (noun) “light”; see also light1

Definition for low (4 of 4)

Low
[ loh ]
/ loʊ /

noun

David, 1891–1963, English political cartoonist, born in New Zealand.
Juliette, 1860–1927, founder of Girl Scouts in the U.S.
Seth, 1850–1916, U.S. political reformer, educator, and politician.
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British Dictionary definitions for low (1 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 low (2 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

British Dictionary definitions for low (3 of 3)

Low
/ (ləʊ) /

noun

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

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