Stow Definition

stowed, stowing, stows
To pack or store away; esp., to pack in an orderly, compact way.
Webster's New World
To fill by packing in an orderly way.
Webster's New World
To store for future use.
Stowed carrots and potatoes in the root cellar.
American Heritage
To hold or receive.
Webster's New World
To provide lodging for.
Webster's New World

(rare) A place.

stow away
  • to put or hide away, as in a safe place
  • to be a stowaway
Webster's New World

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Stow

Origin of Stow

  • From Middle English stowen, stawen, stewen, from Old English stōwian (“to hold back, restrain"), from Proto-Germanic *stōwōnÄ…, *stōwijanÄ… (“to stow, dam up"), from Proto-Indo-European *stehâ‚‚- (“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").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English stowe, from Old English stōw (“a place, spot, locality, site"), from Proto-Germanic *stōwō (“a place, stowage"), from Proto-Indo-European *stehâ‚‚- (“to stand, place, put"). Cognate with Old Frisian stō (“place"), Icelandic stó (“fireplace"). See also -stow.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English stowen from stowe place from Old English stōw stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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