- Rhymes: -əʊ
From Middle English stowe, from Old English stōw (“a place, spot, locality, site”), from Proto-Germanic *stōwō (“a place, stowage”), from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂- (“to stand, place, put”). Cognate with Old Frisian stō (“place”), Icelandic stó (“fireplace”). See also -stow.
stow (plural stows)
- (rare) A place.
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From Middle English stowen, stawen, stewen, from Old English stōwian (“to hold back, restrain”), from Proto-Germanic *stōwōną, *stōwijaną (“to stow, dam up”), from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂- (“to stand, place”). Cognate with Dutch stuwen, stouwen (“to stow”), Low German stauen (“to blin, halt, hinder”), German stauen (“to halt, hem in, stow, pack”), Danish stuve (“to stow”), Swedish stuva (“to stow”).
- to put something away in a compact and tidy manner
- to put something away to store it in a space-saving manner and over a long time