• Situated close to, or even below, the ground or another normal reference plane; not high or lofty.
  • Of less than normal height or upward extent or growth, or of greater than normal depth or recession; below the average or normal level from which elevation is measured.
  • Humble, meek, not haughty.
  • Disparaging; assigning little value or excellence.
  • Being a nadir, a bottom.
  • Depressed in mood, dejected, sad.
  • Lacking health or vitality, strength or vivacity; feeble; weak.
  • Small, not high (in amount or quantity, value, force, energy, etc).
  • Simple in complexity or development.
  • Favoring simplicity (see e.g. low church, Low Tory).
  • Being near the equator.
  • Grave in pitch, due to being produced by relatively slow vibrations (wave oscillations); flat.
  • Quiet; soft; not loud.
  • Made with a relatively large opening between the tongue and the palate; made with (part of) the tongue positioned low in the mouth, relative to the palate.
  • Lesser in value than other cards, denominations, suits, etc.
  • Not rich or seasoned; offering the minimum of nutritional requirements; plain, simple.
  • Designed for a slow (or the slowest) speed.



  • Close to the ground.
  • Of a pitch, at a lower frequency.
  • With a low voice or sound; not loudly; gently.
  • Under the usual price; at a moderate price; cheaply.
  • In a low mean condition; humbly; meanly.
  • In a time approaching our own.
  • In a path near the equator, so that the declination is small, or near the horizon, so that the altitude is small; said of the heavenly bodies with reference to the diurnal revolution.



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  • From Middle English lowe, lohe, lah, from Old Norse lágr ("low"), from Proto-Germanic *lēgaz ("lying, flat, situated near the ground, low"), from Proto-Indo-European *legʰ- ("to lie"). Cognate with Scots laich ("low"), Low German leeg ("low, feeble, bad"), Danish lav ("low"), Icelandic lágur ("low"), West Frisian leech ("low"), North Frisian leeg, liig, Dutch laag ("low"), obsolete German läg ("low"). More at lie.
  • From Middle English lough, from Old English hlōh, first and third person singular preterite of hliehhan. More at laugh.
  • From Middle English lowen ("to low"), from Old English hlōwan ("to low, bellow, roar"), from Proto-Germanic *hlōaną ("to call, shout"), from Proto-Indo-European *kelh₁- ("to call"). Cognate with Dutch loeien ("to low"), Middle High German lüejen ("to roar"), dialectal Swedish lumma ("to roar"), Latin calō ("I call"), Ancient Greek καλέω, Latin clāmō ("I shout, claim"). More at claim.
  • From Middle English lowe, loghe, from Old Norse logi ("fire, flame, sword"), from Proto-Germanic *lugô ("flame, blaze"), from Proto-Indo-European *lewk- ("light"). Cognate with Icelandic logi ("flame"), Swedish låga ("flame"), Danish lue ("flame"), German Lohe ("blaze, flames"), North Frisian leag ("fire, flame"), Old English līeġ ("fire, flame, lightning"). More at leye, light.
  • From Old English hlāw, hlǣw, from Proto-Germanic *hlaiwaz. Obsolete by the 19th century, survives in toponymy as -low.

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