verb (used with object)
- to put (cargo, provisions, etc.) in the places intended for them.
- to put (sails, spars, gear, etc.) in the proper place or condition when not in use.
- stovepipe hat,
- stow away,
- stowe, harriet beecher
Origin of stow
Examples from the Web for stow
The $9 “Priority Boarding” fee on Delta so you can “stow your bags without hassle”?Those Awful Airline Fees From United, American, Delta, and the Rest Add Up|William J. McGee|August 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Mrs. Ford would have politely told her critics to stow it, though she might have agreed with them on a thing or two.
I have tempted him for variety to stow himself in the woodbox.Chimney-Pot Papers|Charles S. Brooks
"Stow that, Daisy, or I'll drive those teeth you're so proud of down your throat," said the tall wardswoman.Workhouse Characters|Margaret Wynne Nevinson
Word Origin for stow
c.1300, verbal use of Old English noun stow "a place" (common in place names) from Proto-Germanic *stowijanan (cf. Old Frisian sto "place," Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Dutch stouwen "to stow," Old High German stouwen "to stop, check," German stauen "to stow"), from PIE *stau-, from root *sta- "to stand" (cf. Old Church Slavonic stavljo "to place," Lithuanian stoviu "to stand;" see stet). The nautical sense of "put away to be stored, pack" (1550s) was enforced by Dutch stouwen "to cram, pack up close." Related: Stowed; stowing.