One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Below; downward.‘cries came from alow and aloft’
melancholy, misery, sadness, unhappiness, sorrow, woe, gloom, gloominess, dejection, downheartedness, despondency, dispiritedness, low spirits, heavy-heartedness, moroseness, discouragement, despair, desolation, dolefulness, moodiness, pessimism, hopelessnessView synonyms
- ‘Stained and morning-breathèd, we woke in Atocha, to puissant concussions alow the ground.’
- ‘He then draws it alow; twofold is the reason why he must draw it alow.’
- 1.1Nautical In or into the lower part of a ship, e.g., down from the rigging, or below deck.
- ‘Then, with all her sails, light and heavy, and studding sails on each side, alow and aloft, she is the most glorious moving object in the world.’
- ‘Meanwhile, if you don't mind, I'd like to go alow and rest down in your cabin.’
Late Middle English: from a- ‘on’ + low.
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