- 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 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”). See also -stow.
(third-person singular simple present stows, present participle stowing, simple past and past participle stowed)
- stow away
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”).