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adj. low·li·er, low·li·est
1. Having or suited for a low rank or position.
2. Humble or meek in manner.
3. Plain or prosaic in nature.
1. In a low manner, condition, or position.
2. In a meek or humble manner.
3. Low in sound.

low′li·ness n.


adj, -lier or -liest
1. humble or low in position, rank, status, etc
2. full of humility; meek
3. simple, unpretentious, or plain
in a low or lowly manner
ˈlowliness n


(ˈloʊ li)

adj. -li•er, -li•est,
adv. adj.
1. humble in station, condition, or nature: a lowly cottage.
2. low in growth or position.
3. humble in attitude, behavior, or spirit; meek.
4. in a low position, manner, or degree: a lowly placed shelf.
5. humbly.
6. in a quiet voice: to converse lowly.
low′li•ly, adv.
low′li•ness, n.


1. 'low'

Low can be an adjective or an adverb.

Something that is low measures a short distance from the bottom to the top.

...a low brick wall.
...low hills.

You also say that something is low when it is very close to the ground.

She made a low curtsey.
He bumped his head on the low beams.

You can use low as an adverb to say that something moves close to the ground. For example, you can say 'He bowed low'.

I asked him to fly low over the beach.

Low also means 'small in amount, value, or degree'.

...workers on low incomes.
...low expectations.

Low is not an adverb with this meaning, except in front of paid.

We must make low-paid work more attractive than welfare.

Like the adjective, the adverb low has the comparative and superlative forms lower, lowest.

In a series of quick, jerky movements he bent lower and lower.
...the lowest paid workers in the country.
2. 'lowly'

Lowly is an adjective. It is a literary word meaning 'low in rank, status, or importance'.

...a lowly employee.
...his lowly social origins.

The comparative and superlative forms of lowly are lowlier and lowliest.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lowly - low or inferior in station or qualitylowly - low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings"
inferior - of or characteristic of low rank or importance
2.lowly - inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary"
junior - younger; lower in rank; shorter in length of tenure or service
3.lowly - used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)lowly - used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)
unskilled - not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency; "unskilled in the art of rhetoric"; "an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber"; "unskilled labor"; "workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities"; "unskilled workmanship"
4.lowly - of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)lowly - of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense); "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly) birth"
lowborn - of humble birth or origins; "a topsy-turvy society of lowborn rich and blue-blooded poor"


1. lowborn, obscure, subordinate, inferior, mean, proletarian, ignoble, plebeian lowly bureaucrats pretending to be senators
2. unpretentious, common, poor, average, simple, ordinary, plain, modest, homespun He started out as a lowly photographer.


1. Lacking high station or birth:
Archaic: base.
2. Of little distinction:
3. Having or expressing feelings of humility:
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[ˈləʊlɪ] ADJ (lowlier (compar) (lowliest (superl))) → humilde


[ˈləʊli] adjhumble, modestelow-lying [ˌləʊˈlaɪɪŋ] adj [land] → à basse altitudelow-paid [ˌləʊˈpeɪd] adj [worker] → au salaire bas; [job] → peu rémunéré(e)low-pitched [ˌləʊˈpɪtʃt] adj
(= deep) → bas(basse), grave
(= quiet) [voice] → bas(basse)low-powered [ˌləʊˈpaʊərd] adjde faible puissancelow-pressure [ˌləʊˈprɛʃər] adjà basse pressionlow-profile [ˌləʊˈprəʊfaɪl] adjdiscret/ètelow-quality [ˌləʊˈkwɒlɪti] adj [goods] → de qualité inférieurelow-rent [ˌləʊˈrɛnt] adj
[housing] → à loyer modéré
(of poor quality)de second ordrelow-rise [ˌləʊˈraɪz] adj [flats, building] → bas(basse)low season (British)
nbasse saison f
in the low season → en basse saison
modif [rates, holiday] → pendant la basse saisonlow-slung [ˌləʊˈslʌŋ] adj
[chair] → bas(basse)
[sports car] → surbaissé(e)low-tar [ˌləʊˈtɑːr] adj [cigarette] → à faible teneur en goudronlow-tech [ˌləʊˈtɛk] adjsommairelow tide nmarée f basse
at low tide → à marée basselow water nmarée f basselow-water mark nlaisse f de basse mer


adj (+er)bescheiden; position, birth alsoniedrig


[ˈləʊlɪ] adjmodesto/a, umile


(ləu) adjective
1. not at or reaching up to a great distance from the ground, sea-level etc. low hills; a low ceiling; This chair is too low for the child.
2. making little sound; not loud. She spoke in a low voice.
3. at the bottom of the range of musical sounds. That note is too low for a female voice.
4. small. a low price.
5. not strong; weak or feeble. The fire was very low.
6. near the bottom in grade, rank, class etc. low temperatures; the lower classes.
in or to a low position, manner or state. The ball flew low over the net.
ˈlower verb
1. to make or become less high. She lowered her voice.
2. to let down. He lowered the blinds.
ˈlowly adjective
of low rank; humble.
ˈlowliness noun
ˈlow-down adjective
mean; contemptible. a low-down thief.
ˈlowland adjective
of or concerning lowlands. lowland districts.
ˈlowlander noun
a person who lives in the lowlands.
ˈlowlands noun plural
land which is low compared with other, higher land.
ˈlow-lying adjective
(of land) at a height not much above sea-level.
low-ˈtech noun
technology using simple tools and unsophisticated equipment and methods.
low-tech industries/skills.
low tide/water
the time when the sea is lowest at a particular place during ebb-tide. There is three feet of water in the harbour, even at low water.
be low on
not to have enough of. I'll have to go to the supermarket – we're low on coffee and sugar.
References in classic literature ?
(6) Demeter chooses the lowlier seat, supposedly as being more suitable to her assumed condition, but really because in her sorrow she refuses all comforts.
We ought not, therefore, I think, to act toward a queen so illustrious as your majesty as we should act toward a woman of our lowlier condition.
What I have to do is to respect them, to wish to be admitted to their friendship, to look up at the eminence on which they are placed from my lowlier station--for, whether viewed as tobacco or viewed as the lock, I well know it is lowly--and ever wish them well and happy.'
'As a mortal equally with myself, whose hand I take in mine for the first time this day, having unaccountably overlooked that act so full of boundless confidence binding a fellow-creetur TO a fellow creetur,' says Wegg, holding Mr Venus's palm out, flat and ready for smiting, and now smiting it; 'as such--and no other--for I scorn all lowlier ties betwixt myself and the man walking with his face erect that alone I call my Twin--regarded and regarding in this trustful bond--what do you think he might have hid?'
My mother had a great liking for him, but he detested Anna Thedorovna--although in her presence he would be quieter than water and lowlier than the earth.
While critical discussion about Shame has privileged the important Influence of the western, predominantly at the expense of the lowlier rape-revenge film, I argue strongly that, in fact, the two overlap and intersect, as they have done historically.
The simulation results show that the proposed algorithm maintains the advantages of OUFIR filter and suggests lowlier sensitive to noise statistics and more robust against modeling uncertainties.
Equipment is very good even in the lowlier S models, with remote locking, column stereo controls, trip computer, front and side airbags, front electric windows, electric heated mirrors and split fold rear seats.
I've been lucky enough to drive a few different versions from the MiTo range over the years - it first appeared back in 2008, with various updates in 2010, 2014 and last year - and even those with lowlier power can still be great fun.
Fellowes brings a flavour of Downton to the story, with the upstairs life in Toad Hall contrasted with the downstairs world of the lowlier creatures.
These fixtures will be very popular, despite their lowlier status, so please remember not everyone lives in Benwell or Blaydon, some of us reside in the leafy shires and are not minded to sell body organs to pay for taxis, so how about fulfilling your 'public transport' remit and, well, put transport on for the public?
Paul, or even some lowlier members of the Primitive Church, should return to earth and take on the task." (57) Until then, he took advantage of his position to avoid criticism altogether.