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.
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Origin of stow
OTHER WORDS FROM stowstow·a·ble, adjectivere·stow, verb (used with object)
Words nearby stow
British Dictionary definitions for stow away (1 of 2)
Word Origin for stow
British Dictionary definitions for stow away (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with stow away
Put aside or store something until needed, as in We generally stow away the lawn furniture in the toolshed. [Late 1700s]
Hide oneself aboard ship or in a vehicle in order to get free transportation, as in The youngsters planned to stow away on a freighter but they never even got to the waterfront. This usage gave rise to the noun stowaway. [Mid-1800s]
Greedily consume food or drink, as in Bob sure can stow away a lot in a short time. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]