stow

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Etymology 1[edit]

PIE root
*steh₂-

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).

Verb[edit]

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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