'quietly'(Modern English alow)
Formed on loʒe (adj.) with prefix -a (< OE on); cp. alofte (adv., prep.). With the sense 'in a low voice', cp. OIcel lágmæltr (pp.) (ONP s.v. lág·mǽla).
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
(ONP lágr (adj.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Far lágur, Icel lágur, Norw låg, Dan lav, Sw låg
lǣg- ‘fallow, uncultivated’
Phonological and morphological markers
ON /ɑ:/ < PGmc */e:/ (1)
Attested in ME from the late 14c. through 15c. from a variety of texts, incl. two others in this figurative sense (MED, OED3). It continued in some senses in early MnE (and perhaps was revived later in others; see futher OED3), and is frequently paired with alofte in ME and MnE.
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus