[ stoh ]
/ stoʊ /
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.
to put in a place or receptacle, as for storage or reserve; pack: He stowed the potatoes in our cellar.
to fill (a place or receptacle) by packing: to stow a carton with books.
to have or afford room for; hold.
Slang. to stop; break off: Stow it! Stow the talk!
to put away, as in a safe or convenient place (often followed by away).
to lodge or quarter.
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 stowstow·a·ble, adjectivere·stow, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for stowable (1 of 2)
/ (stəʊ) /
(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 stowable (2 of 2)
/ (stəʊ) /
John. 1525–1605, English antiquary, noted for his Survey of London and Westminster (1598; 1603)
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