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.
- 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
Synonyms for low
Antonyms for low
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of low2
verb (used without object) British Dialect.
Origin of low3
Related Words for lowsmall, flat, little, below, depressed, poor, paltry, sparse, insignificant, deficient, inadequate, cheap, meager, modest, nominal, reasonable, moderate, rough, down, bad
Examples from the Web for low
Contemporary Examples of low
The pulps brought new readers to serious fiction, making it less intimidating with alluring art and low prices.How Pulp Fiction Saved Literature
January 8, 2015
Fleshy breasts taunted him from low bikini tops, and fleshy thighs sloped from bikini bottoms.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
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
January 6, 2015
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
December 29, 2014
One report has the AirAsia Airbus flying at a speed very close to what would trigger a low speed stall.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
Historical Examples of low
In low and soothing tones, the maiden inquired, "Where did we go, Paralus?"Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"He attacked me like the low ruffian that he is," pleaded Halbert, in extenuation.
I don't see how she can be so taken up with that low fellow.
Had Mrs. Bines been above talking to low people, a catastrophe might have been averted.
"Don't come this way," she called back, in quick, low tones of caution.
- 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