go·​down | \ ˈgō-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce godown (audio) \

Definition of godown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a warehouse in a country of southern or eastern Asia

go down

went down; gone down; going down; goes down

Definition of go down (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to go below the horizon : set the sun went down
b : to fall to or as if to the ground the plane went down in flames
c : to become submerged : sink the ship went down with all hands
2 : to admit of being swallowed the medicine went down easily
3a : to find acceptance will the plan go down with the farmers
b : to come to be remembered especially in posterity will he go down in history as a great president
4 British : to leave a university
5a : to undergo defeat or failure
b chiefly British : to become incapacitated went down with … acute tonsillitis— Helen Cathcart
6 slang : to take place : happen
go down on
usually vulgar : to perform fellatio or cunnilingus on

Examples of godown in a Sentence

Verb when's the drug deal supposed to go down?
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tegh Singh arrives and unloads his bundles of blossoms in Kapoor’s godown, an open-air stone courtyard that serves as the distillery. Travel, 4 Jan. 2021 From across the Singapore River this trio of former godowns (warehouses) cuts a striking profile. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of godown


1552, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for godown


by folk etymology from Malay gudang

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“Godown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godown. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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