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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old Norse
Origin: lagr

low

1 adjective
     
Related topics: Clothes, Temperature
low1 S1 W1 comparative lower, superlative lowest
1

small amount/level/value

a) small, or smaller than usual, in amount, level, or value [≠ high]
low income/pay/wages
families existing on very low incomes
In May, the price of cocoa fell to its lowest level since 1975-76.
Morale has been low since the latest round of job-cuts.
In this sort of investment, the risks are fairly low.
low temperatures
the need for low-cost housing
a low-security prison
b)

low in something

having less than the usual amount of a substance or chemical [≠ high]:
food that is low in calories
low-fat/low-salt etc
low-alcohol beer
c)

in the low 20s/50s etc

HMN if a number, temperature, or level is in the low 20s, 30s etc, it is between 21 and 23, 31 and 33 etc:
Tonight, temperatures in most areas will be in the low 50s.
low
2

height

a) having a top that is not far above the ground [≠ high]:
a low wall
a long low building
b) at a point that is not far above the ground or near the bottom of something [≠ high]:
low clouds
The sun was low in the sky now.
Store raw meat on the lowest shelf.
c) below the usual height [≠ high]:
a low bridge
a low ceiling
The river is very low today.
3

standards/quality

bad, or below an acceptable or usual level or quality [= poor; ≠ high]:
Their safety standards seem to be pretty low.
Cost-cutting has led to a lower quality of service.
the children's low achievement in school
4

supply

if you are low on something, or if your supply of something is low, there is not much of it left
be/get/run low (on something)
We're running low on gas.
Stocks are getting low.
5

sound

a low voice or sound is quiet or deep:
I heard a low moaning noise.
The volume is too low - turn it up.
a low whisper
6

light

a light that is low is not bright [= dim]:
Use low lighting to give the room a romantic atmosphere.
7

heat

TMT if you cook something over a low heat or in a low oven, you cook it using only a small amount of heat [≠ high]
8

battery

TPE a battery that is low does not have much power left in it
9

clothes

DCC a low dress, blouse etc does not cover your neck and the top of your chest [↪ low-cut]
10

unhappy

[not before noun] unhappy and without much hope for the future [= depressed]:
He was feeling a bit low, so I did my best to cheer him up.
Terry seems to be in rather low spirits today.

➔ be at a low ebb

at ebb1 (2)
lowness noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: quiet WORD FOCUS: quiet
voice, sound: low , soft, muffled, hushed, subdued

place: peaceful, calm, sleepy, tranquil

completely quiet: silent, you could hear a pin drop

what you say when you want someone to be quiet: sh, shut up not polite, be quiet, keep it down BrE informal


See also
quiet

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