verb (used without object), lowed, low·ing. British Dialect.
- lowest common denominator,
- lowest common multiple,
- lowest splanchnic nerve,
- lowest terms,
- lowland gorilla,
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of low2
verb (used without object) British Dialect.
Origin of low3
Examples from the Web for lowing
A few times it seemed to him as if he heard human cries and the lowing of cattle.The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 11|Friedrich Spielhagen
The lowing and bellowing of horned cattle are expressions of several different things.Ways of Nature|John Burroughs
Bees were humming, grasshoppers were buzzing, the light wind was whispering, and cattle were lowing in the distance.The Scapegoat|Hall Caine
All that night their lowing and bellowing could be heard almost continuously.South from Hudson Bay|E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
Four young heifers, tied in a line, were grazing and at times looking toward the house and lowing.Original Short Stories, Volume 4 (of 13)|Guy de Maupassant
- 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
early 13c., verbal noun from low (v.).
"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