Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English aloue, equivalent to a- +‎ low.


alow (not comparable)

  1. (now chiefly Scotland) Low down. [from 14th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.8:
      Sometimes aloft he layd, sometimes alow, / Now here, now there, and oft him neare he mist […].
  2. (nautical) Towards the lower part of a vessel; towards the lower rigging or the decks. [from 16th c.]
    • 1859, James Fenimore Cooper, The Red Rover: A Tale:
      I think you said something concerning the manner in which yonder ship has anchored, and of the condition they keep things alow and aloft?
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 26, [1]
      Ay, Ay, Ay, all is up; and I must up too / Early in the morning, aloft from alow.



  1. (Scotland) Below.

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Etymology 2Edit

a- +‎ low, from low (flame).


alow (not comparable)

  1. (Scotland) alight; ablaze