stow

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Etymology 1[edit]

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.

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stow (plural stows)

  1. (rare) A place.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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).

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stow (third-person singular simple present stows, present participle stowing, simple past and past participle stowed)

  1. to put something away in a compact and tidy manner
  2. to put something away to store it in a space-saving manner and over a long time
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