(mid-12c.), from O.N. lagr
"low," from P.Gmc. *lægaz
(cf. O.Fris. lech,
"low"), lit. "that which is lying flat;" related to O.E. licgan
(v.)). Meaning "humble in rank" is from c.1200; "undignified" is from 1550s; sense of "dejected, dispirited" is attested from 1737. In reference to sounds, it is attested from early 15c. In geographical usage, it refers to the part of a country near the sea-shore (c.1300; cf. Low Countries
"Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg," 1540s).