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

(adjective) filled with melancholy and despondency; “gloomy 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”

abject, low, low-down, miserable, scummy, scurvy

(adjective) of the most contemptible kind; “abject 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”


(adjective) literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension; “low ceilings”; “low clouds”; “low hills”; “the sun is low”; “low furniture”; “a low bow”


(adjective) less than normal in degree or intensity or amount; “low prices”; “the reservoir is low”

low, low-pitched

(adjective) used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency

low, low-toned

(adjective) very low in volume; “a low murmur”; “the low-toned murmur of the surf”

broken, crushed, humbled, humiliated, low

(adjective) subdued or brought low in condition or status; “brought low”; “a broken man”; “his broken spirit”


(adjective) unrefined in character; “low comedy”

depleted, low

(adjective) no longer sufficient; “supplies are low”; “our funds are depleted”

humble, low, lowly, modest, small

(adjective) low or inferior in station or quality; “a humble cottage”; “a lowly parish priest”; “a modest man of the people”; “small beginnings”


(adverb) in a low position; near the ground; “the branches hung low”


(noun) a low level or position or degree; “the stock market fell to a new low”

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

(noun) British political cartoonist (born in New Zealand) who created the character Colonel Blimp (1891-1963)

low, depression

(noun) an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation; “a low moved in over night bringing sleet and snow”

moo, low

(verb) make a low noise, characteristic of bovines

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Proper noun

Low (plural Lows)

A surname.


• According to the 2010 United States Census, Low is the 2979th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 12032 individuals. Low is most common among White (61.77%) and Asian/Pacific Islander (28.82%) individuals.


• OWL, owl

Etymology 1


low (comparative lower, superlative lowest)

Situated close to, or even below, the ground or another normal reference plane; not high or lofty.

Pertaining to (or, especially of a language: spoken in) in an area which is at a lesser elevation, closer to sea level (especially near the sea), than other regions.

(baseball, of a ball) Below the batter's knees.

Of less than normal height; below the average or normal level from which elevation is measured.

Not high in status, esteem, or rank, dignity, or quality. (Compare vulgar.)

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).

Having a small or comparatively smaller concentration of (a substance, which is often but not always linked by "in" when predicative).

Depleted, or nearing deletion; lacking in supply.

(especially in biology) Simple in complexity or development; (in several set phrases) favoring simplicity; (see e.g. low church, Low Tory).

(in several set phrases) Being near the equator.

(acoustics) Grave in pitch, due to being produced by relatively slow vibrations (wave oscillations); flat.

Quiet; soft; not loud.

(phonetics) 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.

(card games) Lesser in value than other cards, denominations, suits, etc.

(now, rare) Not rich or seasoned; offering the minimum of nutritional requirements; plain, simple. [from 17th c.]

(of an, automobile, gear, etc) Designed for a slow (or the slowest) speed.


• (in a position comparatively close to the ground): nether, underslung

• (small in height): short, small

• (depressed): blue, depressed, down, miserable, sad, unhappy, gloomy

• (not high in an amount): reduced, devalued, low-level

• (of a pitch, suggesting a lower frequency): low-pitched, deep, flat

• (of a loudness, suggesting a lower amplitude): low-toned, soft

• (despicable thing to do): immoral, abject, scummy, scurvy


• (in a position comparatively close to the ground): high

• (small in length): tall


low (plural lows)

Something that is low; a low point.

The minimum value attained by some quantity within a specified period.

A depressed mood or situation.

(meteorology) An area of low pressure; a depression.

The lowest-speed gearing of a power-transmission system, especially of an automotive vehicle.

(card games) The lowest trump, usually the deuce; the lowest trump dealt or drawn.

(slang) (usually accompanied by "the") a cheap, cost-efficient, or advantageous payment or expense.


low (comparative lower, superlative lowest)

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.

(astronomy) 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.


low (third-person singular simple present lows, present participle lowing, simple past and past participle lowed)

(obsolete, transitive) To depress; to lower.

Etymology 2



(obsolete, nocat=1) simple past of laugh.

Etymology 3


low (third-person singular simple present lows, present participle lowing, simple past and past participle lowed)

(intransitive) To moo.

Etymology 4


low (plural lows)

(countable, UK, Scotland, dialect) A flame; fire; blaze.


low (third-person singular simple present lows, present participle lowing, simple past and past participle lowed)

(UK, Scotland, dialect) To burn; to blaze.

Etymology 5


low (plural lows)

(archaic or obsolete) Barrow, mound, tumulus.

(Scottish dialectal, archaic) A hill.


• OWL, owl

Source: Wiktionary

Low, obs

Definition: , strong imp. of Laugh. Chaucer.

Low, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lowed; p. pr. & vb. n. Lowing.] Etym: [OE. lowen, AS. hl; akin to D. loeijen, OHG. hl, hluojan.]

Definition: To make the calling sound of cows and other bovine animals; to moo. The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea. Gray.

Low, n.

Definition: The calling sound ordinarily made by cows and other bovine animals. Talking voices and the law of herds. Wordsworth.

Low, n. Etym: [AS. hlaw; akin to Goth. hlaiw a grave, hlains a hill, and to E. lean to incline.]

Definition: A hill; a mound; a grave. [Obs. except in place names.] Skeat.

Low, n. Etym: [Icel. log, logi; akin to E. light, n.]

Definition: Fire; a flame; a light. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]

Low, v. i.

Definition: To burn; to blaze. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Burns.

Low, a. [Compar. Lower; superl. Lowest.] Etym: [OE. low, louh, lah, Icel. lagr; akin to Sw. låg, Dan. lav, D. laag, and E. lie. See Lie to be prostrate.]

1. Occupying an inferior position or place; not high or elevated; depressed in comparison with something else; as, low ground; a low flight.

2. Not rising to the usual height; as, a man of low stature; a low fence.

3. Near the horizon; as, the sun is low at four o'clock in winter, and six in summer.

4. Sunk to the farthest ebb of the tide; as, low tide.

5. Beneath the usual or remunerative rate or amount, or the ordinary value; moderate; cheap; as, the low price of corn; low wages.

6. Not loud; as, a low voice; a low sound.

7. (Mus.)

Definition: Depressed in the scale of sounds; grave; as, a low pitch; a low note.

8. (Phon.)

Definition: Made, as a vowel, with a low position of part of the tongue in relation to the palate; as, . See Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 5, 10, 11.

9. Near, or not very distant from, the equator; as, in the low northern latitudes.

10. Numerically small; as, a low number.

11. Wanting strength or animation; depressed; dejected; as, low spirits; low in spirits.

12. Depressed in condition; humble in rank; as, men of low condition; the lower classes. Why but to keep ye low and ignorant Milton.

13. Mean; vulgar; base; dishonorable; as, a person of low mind; a low trick or stratagem.

14. Not elevated or sublime; not exalted or diction; as, a low comparison. In comparison of these divine writers, the noblest wits of the heathen world are low and dull. Felton.

15. Submissive; humble. "Low reverence." Milton.

16. Deficient in vital energy; feeble; weak; as, a low pulse; made low by sickness.

17. Moderate; not intense; not inflammatory; as, low heat; a low temperature; a low fever.

18. Smaller than is reasonable or probable; as, a low estimate.

19. Not rich, high seasoned, or nourishing; plain; simple; as, a low diet.

Note: Low is often used in the formation of compounds which require no special explanation; as, low-arched, low- browed, low-crowned, low-heeled, low-lying, low-priced, low-roofed, low-toned, low-voiced, and the like. Low Church. See High Church, under High.

– Low Countries, the Netherlands.

– Low German, Low Latin, etc. See under German, Latin, etc.

– Low life, humble life.

– Low milling, a process of making flour from grain by a single grinding and by siftings.

– Low relief. See Bas-relief.

– Low side window (Arch.), a peculiar form of window common in mediæval churches, and of uncertain use. Windows of this sort are narrow, near the ground, and out of the line of the windows, and in many different situations in the building.

– Low spirits, despondency.

– Low steam, steam having a low pressure.

– Low steel, steel which contains only a small proportion of carbon, and can not be hardened greatly by sudden cooling.

– Low Sunday, the Sunday next after Easter; -- popularly so called.

– Low tide, the farthest ebb of the tide; the tide at its lowest point; low water.

– Low water. (a) The lowest point of the ebb tide; a low stage of the in a river, lake, etc. (b) (Steam Boiler) The condition of an insufficient quantity of water in the boiler.

– Low water alarm or indicator (Steam Boiler), a contrivance of various forms attached to a boiler for giving warning when the water is low.

– Low water mark, that part of the shore to which the waters recede when the tide is the lowest. Bouvier.

– Low wine, a liquor containing about 20 percent of alcohol, produced by the first distillation of wash; the first run of the still; -- often in the plural.

Low, n. (Card Playing)

Definition: The lowest trump, usually the deuce; the lowest trump dealt or drawn.

Low, adv.

1. In a low position or manner; not aloft; not on high; near the ground.

2. Under the usual price; at a moderate price; cheaply; as, he sold his wheat low.

3. In a low mean condition; humbly; meanly.

4. In time approaching our own. In that part of the world which was first inhabited, even as low down as Abraham's time, they wandered with their flocks and herds. Locke.

5. With a low voice or sound; not loudly; gently; as, to speak low. Addison. The . . . odorous wind Breathes low between the sunset and the moon. Tennyson.

6. With a low musical pitch or tone. Can sing both high and low. Shak.

7. In subjection, poverty, or disgrace; as, to be brought low by oppression, by want, or by vice. Spenser.

8. (Astron.)

Definition: 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; as, the moon runs low, that is, is comparatively near the horizon when on or near the meridian.

Low, v. t.

Definition: To depress; to lower. [Obs.] Swift.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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