\ ˈstō How to pronounce stow (audio) \
stowed; stowing; stows

Definition of stow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : house, lodge
2a : to put away for future use : store
b obsolete : to lock up for safekeeping : confine
3a : to dispose in an orderly fashion : arrange, pack
b : load
4 slang : to put aside : stop
5a archaic : crowd
b : to eat or drink up usually used with away stowed away a huge dinner


biographical name
\ ˈstō How to pronounce Stow (audio) \

Definition of Stow (Entry 2 of 3)

John 1525–1605 English historian and antiquarian


geographical name
\ ˈstō How to pronounce Stow (audio) \

Definition of Stow (Entry 3 of 3)

city in northeastern Ohio northeast of Akron population 34,837

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Synonyms for stow

Synonyms: Verb

keep, put up, reposit, store

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Examples of stow in a Sentence


He stowed his gear in a locker. Luggage may be stowed under the seat.

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The schools might even have lockers where people could stow things. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Vacant Oakland buildings could house the homeless," 15 June 2019 So Steinkamp offered to take the man’s guns and stow them in his car until the ride was over. Doug Maccash,, "A cyclist hoped to carry a rifle and handgun in New Orleans Naked Bike Ride," 9 June 2019 To increase their stability, the prototypes were reforged in 1889 out of a platinum-iridium alloy and stowed under lock and key. Robert Rathe, National Geographic, "The kilogram is forever changed. Here's why that matters.," 20 May 2019 This chic multi-compartment crossbody bag features an envelope snap pocket that perfectly fits a smartphone, and two zippered compartments to neatly stow all of your necessities and then some. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "Coach Is Having an Incredible Summer Sale — And You're Going to Want to Stock Up," 29 May 2019 But the best feature, at least for those with small spaces, is the mower's ability to stow vertically. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Greenworks Is Discounting Every Lawn Tool You'll Ever Need," 8 May 2019 Its hood stows into the collar neatly and reflectivity cuffs provide safety during your commute. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Rain Jackets for Keeping Dry," 8 Mar. 2019 Southwest Airlines has been miscalculating the weight of baggage stowed in the cargo holds of its planes. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "FAA: Southwest Airlines Miscalculated Baggage Weights to an Alarming Degree," 19 Feb. 2019 It's measured to be just the right size to stow a bottle of tequila, a bottle of Cointreau, limes, a shaker, small cutting board, a salt shaker, and glasses to serve your whole squad. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Why Bother with Picnic Baskets When You Can Have a Margarita Tote?," 16 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of stow


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stow


Middle English, to place, from stowe place, from Old English stōw; akin to Old Frisian stō place, Greek stylos pillar — more at steer

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English Language Learners Definition of stow

: to put (something that is not being used) in a place where it is available, where it can be kept safely, etc.


\ ˈstō How to pronounce stow (audio) \
stowed; stowing

Kids Definition of stow

1 : to put away : store He stowed his belongings in the closet.
2 : load entry 2 sense 1 The ship was stowed before the voyage.
stow away
: to hide on a vehicle (as a ship) in order to travel without paying or being seen

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to take the place or position of

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