from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An utterance used in lulling to sleep.
  • n. A lullaby.
  • n. A song containing this word.


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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  • The piping began with a lusty blow

    But whisky soon began to flow

    And the bourdon to waver

    To an uncertain quaver

    And skirling to slow to a low balow.

    For context see stane.

    April 18, 2014

  • The following information was provided on the page documenting balow as the Word of the Day for April 18, 2004:


    Balow my boy, lie still and sleep, It grieves me sore to hear thee weep; If thou'lt be silent, I'll be glad, Thy mourning makes my heart full sad.


    'Balow' may be an alteration 'Bas le loup!,' (down! there the wolf), from an old French lullaby. However, the OED says this is only conjecture.

    April 18, 2014