- 1 English
- 1.1 Pronunciation
- 1.2 Etymology 1
- 1.3 Etymology 2
- 1.4 Etymology 3
- 1.5 Etymology 4
- 1.6 Etymology 5
- 1.7 Anagrams
- 2 Chinese
- 3 Manx
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ləʊ/
- (US) IPA(key): /loʊ/
Audio (US) (file)
- Homophones: lo, Lowe
- Rhymes: -əʊ (Etymologies 1 & 2 only)(Can we verify(+) this pronunciation?)
From Middle English lowe, lohe, lāh, from Old Norse lágr (“low”), from Proto-Germanic *lēgaz (“lying, flat, situated near the ground, low”), from Proto-Indo-European *legʰ- (“to lie”). Cognate with Scots laich (“low”), Low German leeg (“low, feeble, bad”), Danish lav (“low”), Icelandic lágur (“low”), West Frisian leech (“low”), North Frisian leeg, liig (“low”), Dutch laag (“low”), German läge (“lying, low”). More at lie.
- In a position comparatively close to the ground.
- Small in height.
- Situated below the normal level, or the mean elevation.
- Depressed, sad.
- low spirits
- I felt low at Christmas with no family to celebrate with.
- Not high in amount or quantity.
- Food prices are lower in a supermarket than in a luxury department store.
2013 June 22, “T time”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 68:
- The ability to shift profits to low-tax countries by locating intellectual property in them, which is then licensed to related businesses in high-tax countries, is often assumed to be the preserve of high-tech companies. […] current tax rules make it easy for all sorts of firms to generate […] “stateless income”: profit subject to tax in a jurisdiction that is neither the location of the factors of production that generate the income nor where the parent firm is domiciled.
- Of a pitch, suggesting a lower frequency.
Generally, European men have lower voices than their Indian counterparts.
- Quiet; soft; not loud.
They spoke in low voices so I would not hear what they were saying.
Why would you want to play heavy metal at such a low volume?
- Despicable; lacking dignity; vulgar.
Now that was low even for you!
- a person of low mind
- a low trick or stratagem
- Lacking health or vitality; feeble; weak.
- a low pulse
- made low by sickness
- Being near the equator.
- the low northern latitudes
- Humble in character or status.
- Why but to keep ye low and ignorant?
- In comparison of these divine writers, the noblest wits of the heathen world are low and dull.
- Simple in complexity or development.
- Designed for the slowest speed, as in low gear.
- (phonetics) Articulated, as a vowel, with a low position of part of the tongue in relation to the palate.
- (archaic) Not rich, highly seasoned, or nourishing; plain; simple.
- a low diet
- (in a position comparatively close to the ground): nether, underslung
- (small in height): short, small
- (depressed): blue, depressed, down, miserable, sad, unhappy, gloomy
- (not high in an amount): reduced, devalued, low-level
- (of a pitch, suggesting a lower frequency): low-pitched, deep, flat
- (of a loudness, suggesting a lower amplitude): low-toned, soft
- (despicable thing to do): immoral, abject, scummy, scurvy
low (plural lows)
- Something that is low; a low point.
- You have achieved a new low in behavior, Frank.
- Economic growth has hit a new low.
- A depressed mood or situation.
- He is in a low right now
- (meteorology) An area of low pressure; a depression.
- The lowest-speed gearing of a power-transmission system, especially of an automotive vehicle.
- Shift out of low before the car gets to eight miles per hour.
- (card games) The lowest trump, usually the deuce; the lowest trump dealt or drawn.
- (slang) (usually accompanied by "the") a cheap, cost-efficient, or advantageous payment or expense.
- He got the brand new Yankees jersey for the low.
- Close to the ground.
- Of a pitch, at a lower frequency.
- Can sing both high and low.
- With a low voice or sound; not loudly; gently.
- to speak low
- The […] odorous wind / Breathes low between the sunset and the moon.
- Under the usual price; at a moderate price; cheaply.
- He sold his wheat low.
- In a low mean condition; humbly; meanly.
2014 October 21, Oliver Brown, “Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years – sport afforded no protection against his tragic fallibilities: Bladerunner's punishment for killing Reeva Steenkamp is but a frippery when set against the burden that her bereft parents, June and Barry, must carry [print version: No room for sentimentality in this tragedy, 13 September 2014, p. S22]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Sport):
- In a time approaching our own.
- John Locke
- In that part of the world which was first inhabited, even as low down as Abraham's time, they wandered with their flocks and herds.
- John Locke
- (astronomy) In a path near the equator, so that the declination is small, or near the horizon, so that the altitude is small; said of the heavenly bodies with reference to the diurnal revolution.
- The moon runs low, i.e. comparatively near the horizon when on or near the meridian.
- (obsolete, transitive) To depress; to lower.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Jonathan Swift to this entry?)
- obsolete simple past tense of .
From Middle English lowen (“to low”), from Old English hlōwan (“to low, bellow, roar”), from Proto-Germanic *hlōaną (“to call, shout”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kale-, *klā-, *klē- (“to shout, call”). Cognate with Dutch loeien (“to low”), Middle High German lüejen (“to roar”), Swedish dialectal lumma (“to roar”), Latin calō (“I call”), Ancient Greek καλέω (kaléō), Latin clāmō (“I shout, claim”). More at claim.
From Middle English lowe, loghe, from Old Norse logi (“fire, flame, sword”), from Proto-Germanic *lugô (“flame, blaze”), from Proto-Indo-European *leuk- (“light”). Cognate with Icelandic logi (“flame”), Swedish låga (“flame”), Danish lue (“flame”), German Lohe (“blaze, flames”), North Frisian leag (“fire, flame”), Old English līeġ (“fire, flame, lightning”). More at leye, light.
low (plural lows)
- (Britain, Scotland, dialect) To burn; to blaze.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Burns to this entry?)
low (plural lows)
- (archaic or obsolete) Barrow, mound, tumulus.
1686, Robert Plot, The natural history of Staffordshire:
- A barrow or Low, such as were usually cast up over the bodies of eminent Captains.
- (Scottish dialectal, archaic) A hill.
1847, Mary Howitt, Ballads and other poems:
- And some they brought the brown lint-seed, and flung it down from the Low.