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English adjective: low

1. low less than normal in degree or intensity or amount

SamplesLow prices.
The reservoir is low.

Similardebased, degraded, depressed, devalued, down, low-level, reduced, rock-bottom

See alsoinferior

Attributedegree, grade, level


2. low literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension

SamplesLow ceilings.
Low clouds.
Low hills.
The sun is low.
Low furniture.
A low bow.

Similardeep, flat-growing, ground-hugging, low-altitude, low-growing, low-level, low-lying, low-set, lowset, nether, squat, under, underslung

See alsodown, inferior, little, short

Attributeheight, tallness


3. low very low in volume

SamplesA low murmur.
The low-toned murmur of the surf.




4. low unrefined in character

SamplesLow comedy.



5. low used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency


Similaralto, baritone, bass, contrabass, contralto, deep, double-bass, throaty


Antonymshigh-pitched, high

6. low of the most contemptible kind

SamplesAbject cowardice.
A low stunt to pull.
A low-down sneak.
His miserable treatment of his family.
You miserable skunk!.
A scummy rabble.
A scurvy trick.

Synonymsabject, low-down, miserable, scummy, scurvy



7. low low or inferior in station or quality

SamplesA humble cottage.
A lowly parish priest.
A modest man of the people.
Small beginnings.

Synonymshumble, lowly, modest, small



8. low no longer sufficient

SamplesSupplies are low.
Our funds are depleted.


Similardeficient, insufficient


9. low subdued or brought low in condition or status

SamplesBrought low.
A broken man.
His broken spirit.

Synonymsbroken, crushed, humbled, humiliated



10. low filled with melancholy and despondency

SamplesGloomy at the thought of what he had to face.
Gloomy predictions.
A gloomy silence.
Took a grim view of the economy.
The darkening mood.
Lonely and blue in a strange city.
Depressed by the loss of his job.
A dispirited and resigned expression on her face.
Downcast after his defeat.
Feeling discouraged and downhearted.

Synonymsblue, depressed, dispirited, down, down in the mouth, downcast, downhearted, gloomy, grim, low-spirited



English noun: low

1. low (state) an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation

SamplesA low moved in over night bringing sleet and snow.


Broader (hypernym)air mass

Part meronymcyclone

2. Low (person) British political cartoonist (born in New Zealand) who created the character Colonel Blimp (1891-1963)

SynonymsDavid Low, Sir David Alexander Cecil Low, Sir David Low

Instance hypernymcartoonist

3. low (attribute) a low level or position or degree

SamplesThe stock market fell to a new low.

Broader (hypernym)degree, grade, level


4. low (artifact) the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving

Synonymsfirst, first gear, low gear

Broader (hypernym)gear, gear mechanism

Part meronymauto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar

English adverb: low

1. low in a low position; near the ground

SamplesThe branches hung low.

English verb: low

1. low (communication) make a low noise, characteristic of bovines


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)emit, let loose, let out, utter

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