adjective, low·er, low·est.
adverb, low·er, low·est.
- the lowest trump card.
- a card of small value, or of lower value than other cards.
- the lowest score in a game.
- a player having such a score.
- loving cup,
- low archipelago,
- low beam,
- low blood pressure,
- low blow,
- low board
- to overpower or kill; defeat: to lay one's attackers low.
- to knock down; make prostrate.
- Informal.to lie low.
- to conceal oneself: He had to lie low for a while.
- 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 low1
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of low2
verb (used without object) British Dialect.
Origin of low3
Examples from the Web for low
The pulps brought new readers to serious fiction, making it less intimidating with alluring art and low prices.
Fleshy breasts taunted him from low bikini tops, and fleshy thighs sloped from bikini bottoms.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Like him, they identified the Airbus A320 as an airplane extremely well fitted to low cost airline operations in Asia.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
When they invade new territory, populations are low, and the queen has limited mate options.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family|Helen Thompson|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One report has the AirAsia Airbus flying at a speed very close to what would trigger a low speed stall.
Sweet and low the name sounded from her lips and his heart thrilled.The Viking Blood|Frederick William Wallace
If his corn yield was low, he would learn how to get a larger yield.The New Education|Scott Nearing
"I fear that the spending of thousands can do no good," said Mr. Low.Phineas Redux|Anthony Trollope
Both bluebirds were on a low tree, about a foot apart, uttering constantly the mournful notes I had heard.In Nesting Time|Olive Thorne Miller
The English minsters are long, narrow and low in contrast with the greater squareness and height of French contemporary churches.
- situated at a relatively short distance above the ground, sea level, the horizon, or other reference positionlow cloud
- (in combination)low-lying
- involving or containing a relatively small amount of somethinga low supply
- (in combination)low-pressure
- having little value or quality
- (in combination)low-grade
- (of numbers) small
- (of measurements) expressed in small numbers
- inferior in culture or status
- (in combination)low-class
- to cause to fall by a blow
- to overcome, defeat or destroy
- to keep or be concealed or quiet
- to wait for a favourable opportunity
Word Origin for low
noun Also: lowing
Word Origin for low
"not high," late 13c., from lah (late 12c.), "not rising much, being near the base or ground" (of objects or persons); "lying on the ground or in a deep place" (late 13c.), from Old Norse lagr "low," or a similar Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish låg, Danish lav), from Proto-Germanic *lega- "lying flat, low" (cf. Old Frisian lech, Middle Dutch lage, Dutch laag "low," dialectal German läge "flat"), from PIE *legh- "to lie" (see lie (v.2)).
Meaning "humble in rank" is from c.1200; "undignified" is from 1550s; sense of "dejected, dispirited" is attested from 1737; meaning "coarse, vulgar" is from 1759. In reference to sounds, "not loud," also "having a deep pitch," it is attested from c.1300. Of prices, from c.1400. In geographical usage, low refers to the part of a country near the sea-shore (c.1300; e.g. Low Countries "Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg," 1540s). As an adverb c.1200, from the adjective.
Old English hlowan "make a noise like a cow," from Proto-Germanic *khlo- (cf. Middle Dutch loeyen, Dutch loeien, Old Low Franconian luon, Old High German hluojen), from imitative PIE root *kele- (2) "to shout" (see claim (v.)).
sound made by cows, 1540s, from low (v.).
early 13c., from low (adj.). Of voices or sounds, from c.1300.
"hill," obsolete except in place names, Old English hlaw "hill, mound," especially "barrow," related to hleonian "to lean" (see lean (v.)). Cf. Latin clivus "hill" from the same PIE root.
In addition to the idioms beginning with low
- low blow
- low boiling point
- low man on the totem pole
- low profile
- at a low ebb
- (low) boiling point
- high and low
- keep a low profile
- lay someone low
- lie low