stow definition by Webster's New World
- to pack or store away; esp., to pack in an orderly, compact way
- to fill by packing in an orderly way
- to hold or receive: said of a room, container, etc.
- Obsolete to provide lodging for
- Slang to stop; cease: stow the chatter!
Origin: Middle English stowen ; from stowe, a place ; from Old English ; from Indo-European base an unverified form stā-, to stand
stow definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb stowed, stow·ing, stows
- a. To place or arrange, especially in a neat, compact way: stowed his gear in the footlocker.b. To fill (a place or container) by packing tightly.
- To store for future use: stowed carrots and potatoes in the root cellar.
- Slang To refrain from; stop.
- To provide lodging for; quarter.
Origin: Middle English stowen, from stowe, place, from Old English stōw; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
- stowˈa·ble adjective
stow - Phrases/Idioms
- to put or hide away, as in a safe place
- to be a stowaway
- to consume (food or drink), esp. in large amounts