- 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 of stowMiddle English stowen ; from stowe, a place ; from Old English ; from Indo-European base an unverified form stā-, to stand
- to put or hide away, as in a safe place
- to be a stowaway
- to consume (food or drink), esp. in large amounts
transitive verbstowed, 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 of stowMiddle English stowen, from stowe, place, from Old English stōw; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
- (rare) A place.
From Middle English stowe, from Old English stÅw (â€œa place, spot, locality, siteâ€), from Proto-Germanic *stÅwÅ (â€œa place, stowageâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *stehâ‚‚- (â€œto stand, place, putâ€). Cognate with Old Frisian stÅ (â€œplaceâ€), Icelandic stÃ³ (â€œfireplaceâ€). See also -stow.
(third-person singular simple present stows, present participle stowing, simple past and past participle stowed)
From Middle English stowen, stawen, stewen, from Old English stÅwian (â€œto hold back, restrainâ€), from Proto-Germanic *stÅwÅnÄ…, *stÅwijanÄ… (â€œto stow, dam upâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *stehâ‚‚- (â€œto stand, placeâ€). Cognate with Dutch stuwen, stouwen (â€œto stowâ€), Low German stauen (â€œto blin, halt, hinderâ€), German stauen (â€œto halt, hem in, stow, packâ€), Danish stuve (â€œto stowâ€), Swedish stuva (â€œto stowâ€).