- 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.
Origin of stow
Examples from the Web for stowed
Contemporary Examples of stowed
Animals that could fit in a pet carrier and be stowed according to train guidelines would be eligible for travel.Dog Owners Aren’t Booking Train Travel Yet
August 31, 2013
Once, Schmit asked Adam if he stowed a gun onboard the Quest.How the Somali Pirate Victims Became Martyrs
February 23, 2011
We all lose when national treasures like Hillary Clinton are stowed away from our public eyes.Sit Down and Shut Up
July 16, 2009
Historical Examples of stowed
The foresail was brailed, and the foot stopped, and the flying-jib was stowed.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
That they were not stowed away aboard her seemed unquestionable.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
The little boys were up and stowed here and there waiting for breakfast.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
It had been thought too good to be used, and had been stowed aside in the library.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
Becky, she counted the cash and stowed it away in her apron pocket.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (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
- John. 1525–1605, English antiquary, noted for his Survey of London and Westminster (1598; 1603)
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.