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

Definition of stow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

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 awaystowed 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: Verb

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Examples of stow in a Sentence

Verb He stowed his gear in a locker. Luggage may be stowed under the seat.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ander reach the place where the egg had been stowed. cleveland, "Emerald Forest-wind: A story from Write About Now," 19 Nov. 2019 For the revolutionary eighth-generation Corvette — or C8, in Corvette shorthand — engineers took pains to make sure that the hardtop stowed perfectly into the body. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "2020 mid-engine Corvette convertible to feature retractable hardtop," 11 Oct. 2019 The top stows under a body-colored panel above the engine, between the passenger compartment and the rear wheels. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible shares this feature with classic race cars," 3 Oct. 2019 These wine columns don't just stow your bottles away at the right temperature and put them on display, either. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "A Wine Column Is the Coolest Appliance You Didn't Know You Needed," 1 Oct. 2019 The action is set in a grand, slightly shabby home in a suburb of Paris; the house lights are kept down, the audience members stowed safely in their seats, asked only to watch and listen. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "The Unstable, Flickering “The Height of the Storm”," 30 Sep. 2019 He had been placed in a suitcase and stowed in the back of a car, and was rushed to hospital before being placed in a foster home. Rob Picheta, CNN, "A 16-year-old was put in a suitcase and smuggled to the UK. Now he's thanking Britain for giving him a home.," 20 Aug. 2019 When stowing the Rev, its stem doubles as a handle with a latch that clicks into the rear fender brake. Time, "We Rode Boosted's New Rev Electric Scooter. Here's What it's Like," 11 July 2019 This week, Qantas Airways said travelers would only be allowed to stow them in the cabin and only they are switched off. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple’s Planned iPhone Unveiling Overshadows Other Big News," 31 Aug. 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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The first known use of stow was in the 14th century

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5 Dec 2019

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“Stow.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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