stow

[ stoh ]
/ stoʊ /

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.

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)
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British Dictionary definitions for stow away (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 away (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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Idioms and Phrases with stow away

stow away

1

Put aside or store something until needed, as in We generally stow away the lawn furniture in the toolshed. [Late 1700s]

2

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]

2

Greedily consume food or drink, as in Bob sure can stow away a lot in a short time. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]

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