from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. In India and East Asia, a warehouse, especially one at a dockside.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A warehouse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A warehouse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A draught of liquor.
  • n. A cutting in the bank of a stream for enabling animals to cross or to get to the water.
  • n. In India, China, Japan, etc., a warehouse or storehouse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (in India and Malaysia) a warehouse
  • v. be recorded or remembered
  • v. move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
  • v. be ingested
  • v. be defeated
  • v. disappear beyond the horizon
  • v. grow smaller
  • v. stop operating
  • v. go under,


Alteration (influenced by down1) of Malay godong, probably of Dravidian origin; akin to Kannada gaḍaṅgu, storehouse, godown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Malay gudang, from Tamil கிடங்கு (kidangu, "store room"). (Wiktionary)



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  • "We did lose ten, not having time to comb through all the bawdy-houses or the backsides of godowns."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 178–179

    March 4, 2008