verb (used without object), lowed, low·ing. British Dialect.
  1. low3.



or lowe

verb (used without object) British Dialect.
  1. to burn; blaze.
  2. (of a person) to feel strong emotions; glow with excitement.

Origin of low

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
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Contemporary Examples of lowes

  • Naturally, he intends to jettison the name “Lowes Island” and call it the Trump National Golf Course in Washington, D.C.

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    February 21, 2009

Historical Examples of lowes

British Dictionary definitions for lowes


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


  1. See Loewe


  1. having a relatively small distance from base to top; not tall or higha low hill; a low building
    1. situated at a relatively short distance above the ground, sea level, the horizon, or other reference positionlow cloud
    2. (in combination)low-lying
    1. involving or containing a relatively small amount of somethinga low supply
    2. (in combination)low-pressure
    1. having little value or quality
    2. (in combination)low-grade
  2. of less than the usual or expected height, depth, or degreelow temperature
    1. (of numbers) small
    2. (of measurements) expressed in small numbers
  3. unfavourablea low opinion
  4. not advanced in evolutiona low form of plant life
  5. deepa low obeisance
  6. coarse or vulgara low conversation
    1. inferior in culture or status
    2. (in combination)low-class
  7. in a physically or mentally depressed or weakened state
  8. designed so as to reveal the wearer's neck and part of the bosoma low neckline
  9. with a hushed tone; quiet or softa low whisper
  10. of relatively small price or monetary valuelow cost
  11. music relating to or characterized by a relatively low pitch
  12. (of latitudes) situated not far north or south of the equator
  13. having little or no money
  14. abject or servile
  15. phonetics of, relating to, or denoting a vowel whose articulation is produced by moving the back of the tongue away from the soft palate or the blade away from the hard palate, such as for the a in English fatherCompare high (def. 22)
  16. (of a gear) providing a relatively low forward speed for a given engine speed
  17. (usually capital) of or relating to the Low Church
  1. in a low position, level, degree, intensity, etcto bring someone low
  2. at a low pitch; deepto sing low
  3. at a low price; cheaplyto buy low
  4. lay low
    1. to cause to fall by a blow
    2. to overcome, defeat or destroy
  5. lie low
    1. to keep or be concealed or quiet
    2. to wait for a favourable opportunity
  1. a low position, level, or degreean all-time low
  2. an area of relatively low atmospheric pressure, esp a depression
  3. electronics the voltage level in a logic circuit corresponding to logical zeroCompare high (def. 40)
Derived Formslowness, noun

Word Origin for low

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


noun Also: lowing
  1. the sound uttered by cattle; moo
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for lowes



"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.

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Idioms and Phrases with lowes


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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