Definition of stow in English:


Syllabification: stow
Pronunciation: /stō


[with object]
Pack or store (an object) carefully and neatly in a particular place: the bathhouse offers baskets in which to stow your clothes she stowed the map away in the glove compartment
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • Recovering, she picked up her letter and carefully stowed it in her backpack.
  • I wave and carefully stow my bike against the fence at the back of the beer garden.
pack, load, store, place, put (away), deposit, stash


late Middle English: shortening of bestow.


stow it!

informal Used as a way of urging someone to be quiet or to stop doing something.
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • He stows away on a Portugal-bound ship, has qualms about the reception that might await him, and jumps ship at St. Helena.
  • What's strange is that you're stowing away on a ship in the first place.
  • He ran away from home aged 15, stowed away on a ship and ended up in South America.
hide, conceal oneself, travel secretly

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