adown

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old English adūn, earlier of dūne (off the hill) (compare Latin ad vallum > Old French à val, used in the same way).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

adown (comparative more adown, superlative most adown)

  1. (archaic) down, downward; to or in a lower place.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book X:
      Whan Sir Palomydes had herde hym sey so, he kneled adowne and asked mercy [...].
    • Spenser
      Thrice did she sink adown.

Preposition[edit]

adown

  1. (archaic) down
    • J. H. Riddell, The Uninhabited House
      I fell from one dream into another; found myself wandering through impossible places; [] peering out into the darkness, to catch a sight of a vague figure standing somewhere in the shadow, and looking, with the sun streaming into my eyes and blinding me, adown long white roads filled with a multitude of people []

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