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Etymology 1[edit]

From a- +‎ blow.


ablow (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete, postpositive) Blossoming, blooming, in blossom.
    • 1867, Augusta Webster, “Lota”, in A Woman Sold and Other Poems,[1] Macmillan and Co., page 238:
      [] The flower breaks from its sheath and is ablow
      And gives its richest perfumes.”  And I’d muse, []
    • 1891, Lizette Woodworth Reese, “Hallowmas” (poem), in A Handful of Lavender,[2] Houghton, Mifflin and Company, page 13:
      You know, the year's not always May
      Oh, once the lilacs were ablow !
    • 1989, Stephen L. Swynn, Garden Wisdom: Or, from One Generation to Another,[3] Ayer Publishing, →ISBN, page 110:
      [] against the green, yet, growing in tilled soil, grow stronger and taller than any daffodil can grow in turf : hundreds of them are ablow together, and the very robustness of their splendour []
  2. (dated, postpositive) Blowing or being blown; windy.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Like most adjectives formed from this sense of a-, ablow never serves as an attributive premodifier; one can say “the flowers were ablow”, “ablow, the flowers [] ”, and even “ [] the flowers ablow [] ”, but not *“ [] the ablow flowers”.

Etymology 2[edit]

a- +‎ blow (alteration of below)



  1. (Scotland) Below.