Meaning of lowe in English:


Pronunciation /ləʊ/


Scottish, Northern English
  • A warm light, especially one produced by fire.

    ‘a lowe that crackled to yellow and red’
    • ‘Any excuse for a lowe in the chimney!’
    • ‘As it wore on to midnight, a lowe in mauve and gold crept and slipped and wavered upon the sky.’
    • ‘His ship's all lighted in a lowe.’
    • ‘He disappeared in a blue lowe with an awfu' smell o' brimstone.’
    • ‘The town burned with a lowe never before seen on northern land or southern sea.’


Middle English of Scandinavian origin, from an Indo-European base shared with light.