- 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 stowing
Contemporary Examples of stowing
Others are essentially pocketing the cash, stowing it in rainy-day funds or using it to cope with higher spending requirements.The Return of State Surpluses Could Point to More Growth to Come
April 1, 2013
Historical Examples of stowing
I heard him mutter as he neared the boat-house where Fin and I were stowing cargo.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Baroni was outside, with the other attendant, stowing away the luggage.Tancred
The M.A.'s are carrying in the provisions, the boys are stowing them and also herding the beasts.The Magic City
“Why, by stowing them away in the locker and jumping overboard,” answered Desmond.The Three Commanders
Some he eliminated from his design, stowing them back in the pockets easiest to reach.The Escape of Mr. Trimm
Irvin S. Cobb
- (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)
Word Origin and History for stowing
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.