Definitions starting with L

ID #4853

low

adj. 1. [cf. OED, abject, base]

in the phrase you (stoopin') low to make known the good deeds done for another in order to humiliate him. cf. THROW LOWNESS (Exuma)

2. [MCC idem; cf. Port. Cr. kutu and Kishikongo —ankufi both 'short; low' (Ivens Ferraz 1979: 101)] short (of hair). cf. LOW 'FRO, LONG (Nassau)

—v. [W Car.; cf. Krio idem turn low (e.g. a radio) (Hancock p.c.); cf. OED low to become lower obs. → 1501; also Brit, dial. West, Scots EDD] (of the tide) to get lower: 1966 Where you cross the water ... you got to say "Low, tide, low!" for to get a pass (Crowley 65). The tide lowing (Andros). (Gen.)

Tags: adjective, nautical, phrase, verb

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Last update: 2011-06-03 05:44
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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