- to utter the deep, low sound characteristic of cattle; moo.
- to utter by or as by lowing.
- the act or the sound of lowing: the low of a distant herd.
Origin of low2
- to burn; blaze.
- (of a person) to feel strong emotions; glow with excitement.
Origin of low3
Related Words for lowinggrowl, exclaim, shout, whoop, cheer, holler, coo, bark, grunt, shriek, scream, howl, clamor, yelp, wail, roar, bluster, bray, cry, rout
Examples from the Web for lowing
Historical Examples of lowing
Are not our lowing heifers sleeker than Night-swollen mushrooms?Endymion
Probably the first form of the story was only that they went joyfully, "lowing as they went."Our Fathers Have Told Us
But she knew the country too well; she knew the lowing of cattle, the milking, the ploughs.Madame Bovary
The former were lowing, the latter neighing, in an unusual manner.The Giraffe Hunters
It is a kind of lowing, but shriller, and not near so loud as that of the European Ox.Delineations of the Ox Tribe
- Sir David. 1891–1963, British political cartoonist, born in New Zealand: created Colonel BlimpSee blimp 2
- See Loewe
- having a relatively small distance from base to top; not tall or higha low hill; a low building
- 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 less than the usual or expected height, depth, or degreelow temperature
- (of numbers) small
- (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
- inferior in culture or status
- (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
- 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
- to cause to fall by a blow
- to overcome, defeat or destroy
- lie low
- to keep or be concealed or quiet
- to wait for a favourable opportunity
- 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)
Word Origin for low
- the sound uttered by cattle; moo
- to make or express by a low or moo
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