stow

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See also: Stow and -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), Dutch stouw (place). See also -stow.

Noun[edit]

stow (plural stows)

  1. (rare) A place, stead.
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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) (transitive)

  1. To put something away in a compact and tidy manner, in its proper place, or in a suitable place.
  2. To store or pack something in a space-saving manner and over a long time.
    • 1922, James A. Cooper, Sheila of Big Wreck Cove:
      Yet everybody knows that a cargo properly stowed in a seaworthy craft reaches market in much the better condition than by rail, though perhaps it is some hours longer on the way.
  3. To arrange, pack, or fill something tightly or closely.
  4. To dispose, lodge, or hide somebody somewhere.

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *stōwō (a place, stowage), from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂- (to stand, place, put).

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Noun[edit]

stōw f (nominative plural stōwa)

  1. a place
    Ne sċoldest þū gān tō swā frēcenre stōwe.
    You shouldn't have gone to such a dangerous place.

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  • Middle English: stowe, stow

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Verb[edit]

stow

  1. (transitive) To cut off; to crop.