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
Related formslow·ish, adjectivelow·ness, nouno·ver·low·ness, noun
Can be confusedlow lowly
Examples from the Web for lowness
Every one agrees that the smallness of the flies should be in proportion to the lowness of the water and the advance of summer.
They demurred at the lowness of the price, but the students would only increase it by tenpence, which was given them for a dram.The History of Burke and Hare|George Mac Gregor
The superstitious Irishman trembled, while beads of perspiration burst out on his forehead despite the lowness of the temperature.How Canada was Won|F. S. Brereton
Fretting in young women shows itself in lowness of spirits and general depression and want of tone.The Curse of Carne's Hold|G. A. Henty
The buccaneer had sought the ruined temple that evening in lowness of spirit and utter despondency.Commodore Junk|George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for lowness (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for lowness (2 of 3)
- 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
Derived Formslowness, noun
Word Origin for low
British Dictionary definitions for lowness (3 of 3)
noun Also: lowing
Word Origin for low
Idioms and Phrases with lowness
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