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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LOW

In low and soothing tones, the maiden inquired, "Where did we go, Paralus?"

"He attacked me like the low ruffian that he is," pleaded Halbert, in extenuation.

I don't see how she can be so taken up with that low fellow.

Had Mrs. Bines been above talking to low people, a catastrophe might have been averted.

"Don't come this way," she called back, in quick, low tones of caution.

But remember to touch your beaver where the hemlock boughs are low.

I told the party we were now close, and showed them the low table-land just ahead.

It is a single round, low tower, shaped like the tomb of Cacilia Metella.

The country is very level, with low ranges, but no conspicuous hills.

Running at a low level, the waters of that stream were deplorably dirty.

WORD ORIGIN

"not high," late 13c., from lah (late 12c.), "not rising much, being near the base or ground" (of objects or persons); "lying on the ground or in a deep place" (late 13c.), from Old Norse lagr "low," or a similar Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish låg, Danish lav), from Proto-Germanic *lega- "lying flat, low" (cf. Old Frisian lech, Middle Dutch lage, Dutch laag "low," dialectal German läge "flat"), from PIE *legh- "to lie" (see lie (v.2)).

Meaning "humble in rank" is from c.1200; "undignified" is from 1550s; sense of "dejected, dispirited" is attested from 1737; meaning "coarse, vulgar" is from 1759. In reference to sounds, "not loud," also "having a deep pitch," it is attested from c.1300. Of prices, from c.1400. In geographical usage, low refers to the part of a country near the sea-shore (c.1300; e.g. Low Countries "Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg," 1540s). As an adverb c.1200, from the adjective.

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