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stow

[ stoh ]
/ stoʊ /
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verb (used with object)
Verb Phrases
stow away, to conceal oneself aboard a ship or other conveyance in order to obtain free transportation or to elude pursuers.
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Origin of stow

1300–50; Middle English stowen,Old English stōwigan to keep, hold back (literally, to place), derivative of stōw place; akin to Old Norse eldstō fireplace, Gothic stojan to judge (literally, to place)

OTHER WORDS FROM stow

stow·a·ble, adjectivere·stow, verb (used with object)

Other definitions for stow (2 of 2)

Stow
[ stoh ]
/ stoʊ /

noun
a city in NE Ohio.
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British Dictionary definitions for stow (1 of 2)

stow
/ (stəʊ) /

verb (tr)
(often foll by away) to pack or store
to fill by packing
nautical to pack or put away (cargo, sails and other gear, etc)
to have enough room for
(usually imperative) British slang to cease fromstow your noise!; stow it!

Word Origin for stow

Old English stōwian to keep, hold back, from stōw a place; related to Old High German stouwen to accuse, Gothic stōjan to judge, Old Slavonic staviti to place

British Dictionary definitions for stow (2 of 2)

Stow
/ (stəʊ) /

noun
John. 1525–1605, English antiquary, noted for his Survey of London and Westminster (1598; 1603)
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