Definition of stow in English:

stow

verb

  • with object and adverbial Pack or store (an object) carefully and neatly in a particular place.

    ‘Barney began stowing her luggage into the boot’
    • ‘I'm tired of having to stow my little three-inch-long pocket knife in my checked baggage.’
    • ‘If I have to stow the umbrella away for a large part of the year in Chennai, it needs to have as few collapsible parts as possible.’
    • ‘We stowed our things at the cheap central apartment that Diana had acquired for us and drove to the beach.’
    • ‘The design is too restrictive, it is too bulky to be stowed in a pack, it stinks when wet, and it falls to pieces the first time it is washed.’
    • ‘Our own hand luggage was stowed firmly beneath our table, out of the danger zone.’
    • ‘He unlocked it and the trunk, stowing our stuff in there.’
    • ‘I wave and carefully stow my bike against the fence at the back of the beer garden.’
    • ‘The paper was carefully placed back in her binder and she stowed everything back in its proper place for once.’
    • ‘We stow our carry-on stuff, as well as our coats in the overhead, and proceed to the dining car where breakfast is just beginning to be served.’
    • ‘She was unable to hold his gaze and turned away to stow her toothbrush in the pack.’
    • ‘They stowed their luggage and inspected their living quarters for the next three months.’
    • ‘He stows everything in jute sacks on his cycle-cart.’
    • ‘Recovering, she picked up her letter and carefully stowed it in her backpack.’
    • ‘I can raise and strike a sail, reef it and stow it.’
    • ‘When you've made your purchases, they put the bags on a conveyor, and you drive around to the side, where a reasonable young person stows them in your car and thanks you.’
    • ‘Extra storage space can be found beneath the boot floor, where valuables can be stowed out of sight.’
    • ‘Security has provided us with keys to a store room - a place to safely stow our equipment while we move through the building.’
    • ‘A large area below the lower bunk proved useful for storage, and you can stow empty luggage around the boat.’
    • ‘She took five minutes to stow her stuff, then reported to Pip for something to do.’
    • ‘I accomplished the journey without incident but felt a great relief when I pulled up on the drive to unload the bags and then stow the car safely back in the garage.’
    pack, load, store
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Phrases

  • stow it!

    • informal Used to tell someone to be quiet.

      ‘stow it, motormouth!’
      • ‘And please, if you have an urge to accuse me of ‘agendas’ and all that trash, just stow it!’
      • ‘If you have have some sort of constructive criticism, lecture about my self-pity or gloat to offer, do me a favor and just stow it, will ya?’

Phrasal Verbs

  • stow away

    • Conceal oneself on a ship, aircraft, or other passenger vehicle in order to travel secretly or without paying the fare.

      ‘he stowed away on a ship bound for South Africa’
      • ‘Three years later he was refused admission to the Paris Conservatoire because he was too young, and in 1872 he stowed away on a ship bound for the Americas.’
      • ‘One might expect strong, restless, highly motivated people to follow - the kinds of people who stowed away on ships from Europe and Asia to build new lives in America.’
      • ‘People have also tried hiding under the 186 mph trains, just inches from live rails, clinging to the side of a passenger ferry as it made the 26-mile overnight journey to Dover and stowing away in aeroplane wheel bays.’
      • ‘He stows away on a Portugal-bound ship, has qualms about the reception that might await him, and jumps ship at St. Helena.’
      • ‘Pop described how he escaped Mayo poverty, four years before the Easter Rising, by stowing away on a boat to England, where he planned to earn passage to America.’
      • ‘Instead he stowed away on a cargo ship and ended up back in Ireland.’
      • ‘By the time he was eleven years old he too wanted to see the world and stowed away on a ship in Port Adelaide bound for England.’
      • ‘He ran away from home aged 15, stowed away on a ship and ended up in South America.’
      • ‘What's strange is that you're stowing away on a ship in the first place.’
      • ‘Anstey stowed away at the age of 11, jumped ship in Sydney and spent 10 years as a seaman.’
      • ‘The operator of the Channel tunnel rail link has asked a French court to shut the refugee camp which it blames for rising numbers of illegal immigrants stowing away on its trains.’
      • ‘It is believed up to 40 people stowed away on the English, Welsh and Scottish Railways train travelling from Milan to England.’
      • ‘A year later he arrived in Western Australia, after stowing away on a container ship.’
      • ‘He stowed away on a ship, and I fled back to my pirate friends.’
      • ‘Ms Hopkins believes Jack stows away on lorries and cars and is transported unwittingly far from home.’
      • ‘Tired of that lifestyle, she stows away on a ship headed toward America.’
      • ‘One night Michael stows away in his father's car and is witness to the murder of an uncooperative mob associate.’
      • ‘She recalled stowing away on a ship bound for Guardian Island.’
      • ‘Few people stow away on our ship, not if they know who we are.’
      • ‘Well, no one's to leave the harbor, for fear the man will stow away on one of the ships.’
      hide, conceal oneself, secrete oneself
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Origin

Late Middle English: shortening of bestow.

Pronunciation

stow

/stəʊ/