(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. less than normal in degree or intensity or amount

- low prices

- the reservoir is low

Similar word(s): debased, degraded, devalued, depressed, down, reduced, inferior

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

- low ceilings

- low clouds

- low hills

Similar word(s): deep, lowset, nether, under, squat, underslung, inferior, little, short, down

3. very low in volume

- a low murmur

- the low-toned murmur of the surf

Similar word(s): soft

4. unrefined in character

- low comedy

Similar word(s): unrefined

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

Similar word(s): alto, contralto, baritone, bass, deep, contrabass, throaty

6. despicable; lacking dignity; vulgar.

- a low stunt to pull

- a low-down sneak

Similar word(s): contemptible, abject, miserable, scummy, scurvy

7. humble in character or status.

- a lowly parish priest

Similar word(s): inferior, humble, lowly, small

8. no longer sufficient

- supplies are low

Similar word(s): deficient, insufficient, depleted

9. subdued or brought low in condition or status

- brought low

Similar word(s): humble, broken, crushed, humbled, humiliated

10. filled with sadness; depressed.

Similar word(s): dejected, blue, depressed, dispirited, down, downcast, downhearted, gloomy, grim

Sentences with low as an adjective:

- low spirits

- I felt low at Christmas with no family to celebrate with.

- Food prices are lower in a supermarket than in a luxury department store.

- Generally, European men have lower voices than their Indian counterparts.

- They spoke in low voices so I would not hear what they were saying.

- Now that was low even for you!

- a person of low mind

- a low trick or stratagem

- a low pulse

- made low by sickness

- the low northern latitudes

- a low diet


1. in a low position; near the ground

- the branches hung low

Sentences with low as an adverb:

- to speak low

- He sold his wheat low.

- The moon runs low, i.e. comparatively near the horizon when on or near the meridian.


1. an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation

- a low moved in over night bringing sleet and snow

Similar word(s): depression

Definition categories: state

2. a low level or position or degree

- the stock market fell to a new low

Definition categories: attribute, degree, grade, level

3. the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving

Similar word(s): first

Definition categories: man–made, gear

Sentences with low as a noun:

- You have achieved a new low in behavior, Frank.

- Economic growth has hit a new low.

- He is in a low right now

- Shift out of low before the car gets to eight miles per hour.

- He got the brand new Yankees jersey for the low.

- A barrow or Low, such as were usually cast up over the bodies of eminent Captains. (Robert Plot, The natural history of Staffordshire, 1686; cited after OED).

- And some they brought the brown lint-seed, and flung it down from the Low. (Mary Howitt, Ballads and other poems 1847)


1. make a low noise, characteristic of bovines

Similar word(s): moo

Definition categories: communication, emit, utter

Sentences with low as a verb:

- The cattle were lowing.