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adj. -li•er, -li•est,
Low can be an adjective or an adverb.
Something that is low measures a short distance from the bottom to the top.
You also say that something is low when it is very close to the ground.
Low also means 'small in amount, value, or degree'.
Low is not an adverb with this meaning, except in front of paid.
Like the adjective, the adverb low has the comparative and superlative forms lower, lowest.
Lowly is an adjective. It is a literary word meaning 'low in rank, status, or importance'.
The comparative and superlative forms of lowly are lowlier and lowliest.
|Adj.||1.||lowly - 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)|
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); "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"