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Low

[loh] /loʊ/
noun
1.
David, 1891–1963, English political cartoonist, born in New Zealand.
2.
Juliette, 1860–1927, founder of Girl Scouts in the U.S.
3.
Seth, 1850–1916, U.S. political reformer, educator, and politician.
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British Dictionary definitions for s. low

low1

/ləʊ/
adjective
1.
having a relatively small distance from base to top; not tall or high: a low hill, a low building
2.
  1. situated at a relatively short distance above the ground, sea level, the horizon, or other reference position: low cloud
  2. (in combination): low-lying
3.
  1. involving or containing a relatively small amount of something: a low supply
  2. (in combination): low-pressure
4.
  1. having little value or quality
  2. (in combination): low-grade
5.
of less than the usual or expected height, depth, or degree: low temperature
6.
  1. (of numbers) small
  2. (of measurements) expressed in small numbers
7.
unfavourable: a low opinion
8.
not advanced in evolution: a low form of plant life
9.
deep: a low obeisance
10.
coarse or vulgar: a low conversation
11.
  1. inferior in culture or status
  2. (in combination): low-class
12.
in a physically or mentally depressed or weakened state
13.
designed so as to reveal the wearer's neck and part of the bosom: a low neckline
14.
with a hushed tone; quiet or soft: a low whisper
15.
of relatively small price or monetary value: low cost
16.
(music) relating to or characterized by a relatively low pitch
17.
(of latitudes) situated not far north or south of the equator
18.
having little or no money
19.
abject or servile
20.
(phonetics) of, relating to, or denoting a vowel whose articulation is produced by moving the back of the tongue away from the soft palate or the blade away from the hard palate, such as for the a in English father Compare high (sense 22)
21.
(of a gear) providing a relatively low forward speed for a given engine speed
22.
(usually capital) of or relating to the Low Church
adverb
23.
in a low position, level, degree, intensity, etc: to bring someone low
24.
at a low pitch; deep: to sing low
25.
at a low price; cheaply: to buy low
26.
lay low
  1. to cause to fall by a blow
  2. to overcome, defeat or destroy
27.
lie low
  1. to keep or be concealed or quiet
  2. to wait for a favourable opportunity
noun
28.
a low position, level, or degree: an all-time low
29.
an area of relatively low atmospheric pressure, esp a depression
30.
(electronics) the voltage level in a logic circuit corresponding to logical zero Compare high (sense 40)
Derived Forms
lowness, noun
Word Origin
C12 lāh, from Old Norse lāgr; related to Old Frisian lēch low, Dutch laag

low2

/ləʊ/
noun
1.
the sound uttered by cattle; moo
verb
2.
to make or express by a low or moo
Word Origin
Old English hlōwan; related to Dutch loeien, Old Saxon hlōian

Low

/ləʊ/
noun
1.
Sir David. 1891–1963, British political cartoonist, born in New Zealand: created Colonel Blimp See blimp2
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Word Origin and History for s. low

low

adj.

"not high," late 13c., from lah (late 12c.), "not rising much, being near the base or ground" (of objects or persons); "lying on the ground or in a deep place" (late 13c.), from Old Norse lagr "low," or a similar Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish låg, Danish lav), from Proto-Germanic *lega- "lying flat, low" (cf. Old Frisian lech, Middle Dutch lage, Dutch laag "low," dialectal German läge "flat"), from PIE *legh- "to lie" (see lie (v.2)).

Meaning "humble in rank" is from c.1200; "undignified" is from 1550s; sense of "dejected, dispirited" is attested from 1737; meaning "coarse, vulgar" is from 1759. In reference to sounds, "not loud," also "having a deep pitch," it is attested from c.1300. Of prices, from c.1400. In geographical usage, low refers to the part of a country near the sea-shore (c.1300; e.g. Low Countries "Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg," 1540s). As an adverb c.1200, from the adjective.

v.

Old English hlowan "make a noise like a cow," from Proto-Germanic *khlo- (cf. Middle Dutch loeyen, Dutch loeien, Old Low Franconian luon, Old High German hluojen), from imitative PIE root *kele- (2) "to shout" (see claim (v.)).

n.

sound made by cows, 1540s, from low (v.).

"hill," obsolete except in place names, Old English hlaw "hill, mound," especially "barrow," related to hleonian "to lean" (see lean (v.)). Cf. Latin clivus "hill" from the same PIE root.

adv.

early 13c., from low (adj.). Of voices or sounds, from c.1300.

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Slang definitions & phrases for s. low

low

adjective

Sad; melancholy: I was so low and depressed (1744+)

noun

A bad reaction to a narcotic; bummer (1960s+ Narcotics)

Related Terms

keep a low profile, lay low, lie low


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