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
Related Words for lowestminimum, base, bottom, ground, last, least, littlest, nethermost, smallest, undermost, slightest
Examples from the Web for lowest
Contemporary Examples of lowest
In fact, in a recent study of their users internationally, it was the lowest priority for most.Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem
January 9, 2015
We kind of reduce things to the lowest common denominator, in some ways for good and in some ways not for good.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
Guinea, with 25 percent, recorded the lowest adult literacy rate in the world at that time.The Radio Battle to Educate Ebola’s Kids
December 11, 2014
The whole industry is now making its lowest revenues ever, since the RIAA started counting in 1973.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer
December 3, 2014
In Turkey, 29 percent of women work, the lowest rate in Europe and half the U.S. rate.Allah, Mom, and Baklava: Turkish President Uses Mothers and Kids as Political Pawns
November 27, 2014
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.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
A method taken by all corrupters, from old Satan, to the lowest of his servants.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
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
- 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
c.1200, laghesst, superlative of lah (see 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.
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