Origin of lower

1
1150–1200; Middle English, comparative of low1 (adj.)

Related forms

low·er·a·ble, adjective

Definition for lower (2 of 3)

lower

2
[ lou-er, louuhr ]
/ ˈlaʊ ər, laʊər /

verb (used without object)

to be dark and threatening, as the sky or the weather.
to frown, scowl, or look sullen; glower: He lowers at people when he's in a bad mood.

noun

a dark, threatening appearance, as of the sky or weather.
a frown or scowl.
Also lour.

Origin of lower

2
1250–1300; Middle English lour (noun), louren (v.) to frown, lurk; akin to German lauern, Dutch loeren

Definition for lower (3 of 3)

low

1
[ loh ]
/ loʊ /

adjective, low·er, low·est.

adverb, low·er, low·est.

noun

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.

Related forms

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

Can be confused

low lowly
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British Dictionary definitions for lower (1 of 5)

lower

1
/ (ˈləʊə) /

adjective

verb

Derived Forms

lowerable, adjective

Word Origin for lower

C12 (comparative of low 1); C17 (vb)

British Dictionary definitions for lower (2 of 5)

lower

2

lour

/ (ˈlaʊə) /

verb (intr)

(esp of the sky, weather, etc) to be overcast, dark, and menacing
to scowl or frown

noun

a menacing scowl or appearance

Derived Forms

lowering or louring, adjectiveloweringly or louringly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for lower (3 of 5)

Low

/ (ləʊ) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for lower (4 of 5)

low

1
/ (ləʊ) /

adjective

adverb

noun

Derived Forms

lowness, noun

Word Origin for low

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

British Dictionary definitions for lower (5 of 5)

low

2
/ (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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Science definitions for lower

lower

[ lōər ]

Being an earlier division of the geological or archaeological period named. Compare upper.
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Idioms and Phrases with lower

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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