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.
Origin of stow
Examples from the Web for stow
Contemporary Examples of 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
Mrs. Ford would have politely told her critics to stow it, though she might have agreed with them on a thing or two.Laura Bush Is No Betty Ford
May 4, 2010
Historical Examples of stow
What a sly devil I was to stow that treasure away for a rainy day!Captain Brand of the "Centipede"
H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
"Come down, and we'll stow it in our berth," said Flannigan.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
Tom Platt an' dad they stow together, an' you'll hear 'em arguin'."Captains Courageous"
The last notice is in Howe's continuation of Stow's Annals .Shakespearean Playhouses
Joseph Quincy Adams
Stow and others follow him here, but, as it should seem, unadvisedly.Henry of Monmouth, Volume 1
J. Endell Tyler
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.