low

1
[ loh ]
/ loʊ /
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adjective, low·er, low·est.

adverb, low·er, low·est.

noun


Nearby words

  1. loving,
  2. loving cup,
  3. loving-kindness,
  4. lovingest,
  5. lovingly,
  6. low archipelago,
  7. low beam,
  8. low blood pressure,
  9. low blow,
  10. low board

Idioms

    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. 22. dispirited, unhappy, sad. 23. lowly, meek, obscure. 26. ignoble, degraded, servile. 27. rude, crude. See mean2.

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

Can be confusedlow lowly

low

2
[ loh ]
/ loʊ /

verb (used without object)

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

verb (used with object)

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

low

3

or lowe

[ loh ]
/ loʊ /

verb (used without object) British Dialect.

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

Origin of low

3
1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse loga to flame, log a flame, akin to German lohen (v.), Lohe (noun), Latin lūcēre (v.), lūx (noun) light1

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

low

1
/ (ləʊ) /

adjective

adverb

noun

Derived Formslowness, noun

Word Origin for low

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

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

Low

/ (ləʊ) /

noun

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

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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