verb[with object and adverbial]
- Pack or store (an object) carefully and neatly in a particular place: Barney began stowing her luggage into the bootMore 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.
- • informal Used to tell someone to be quiet: stow it, motormouth!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?
- 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 AfricaMore example sentences
hide, conceal oneself, secrete oneself; travel secretly
- 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.
late Middle English: shortening of bestow.