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adjective, low·er, low·est.

adverb, low·er, low·est.

noun


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
Related formslow·ish, adjectivelow·ness, nouno·ver·low·ness, noun
Can be confusedlow lowly

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.

Antonyms for low

1–3. high.
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Examples from the Web for lowest

Contemporary Examples of lowest

Historical Examples of lowest

  • She pitied herself,—that lowest ebb of melancholy self-consciousness.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • As he stood on the lowest step, their eyes were almost level.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • A method taken by all corrupters, from old Satan, to the lowest of his servants.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Between the highest and the lowest schools there is a like call for hand-craft.

  • The lowest class of all were the servi, or serfs, who corresponded to the Saxon theows.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield


British Dictionary definitions for lowest

Low

noun

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

low

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adjective

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
of less than the usual or expected height, depth, or degreelow temperature
  1. (of numbers) small
  2. (of measurements) expressed in small numbers
unfavourablea low opinion
not advanced in evolutiona low form of plant life
deepa low obeisance
coarse or vulgara low conversation
  1. inferior in culture or status
  2. (in combination)low-class
in a physically or mentally depressed or weakened state
designed so as to reveal the wearer's neck and part of the bosoma low neckline
with a hushed tone; quiet or softa low whisper
of relatively small price or monetary valuelow cost
music relating to or characterized by a relatively low pitch
(of latitudes) situated not far north or south of the equator
having little or no money
abject or servile
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)
(of a gear) providing a relatively low forward speed for a given engine speed
(usually capital) of or relating to the Low Church

adverb

in a low position, level, degree, intensity, etcto bring someone low
at a low pitch; deepto sing low
at a low price; cheaplyto buy low
lay low
  1. to cause to fall by a blow
  2. to overcome, defeat or destroy
lie low
  1. to keep or be concealed or quiet
  2. to wait for a favourable opportunity

noun

a low position, level, or degreean all-time low
an area of relatively low atmospheric pressure, esp a depression
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

low

2

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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Word Origin and History for lowest
adj.

c.1200, laghesst, superlative of lah (see low (adj.)).

low

adj.

"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.

low

v.

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.)).

low

n.1

sound made by cows, 1540s, from low (v.).

low

adv.

early 13c., from low (adj.). Of voices or sounds, from c.1300.

low

n.2

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with lowest

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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