[fal-oh] /ˈfæl oʊ/
(of land) plowed and left unseeded for a season or more; uncultivated.
not in use; inactive:
My creative energies have lain fallow this year.
land that has undergone plowing and harrowing and has been left unseeded for one or more growing seasons.
verb (used with object)
to make (land) fallow for agricultural purposes.
(of land) left unseeded after being ploughed and harrowed to regain fertility for a crop
(of an idea, state of mind, etc) undeveloped or inactive, but potentially useful
land treated in this way
(transitive) to leave (land) unseeded after ploughing and harrowing it
of a light yellowish-brown colour
c.1300, from Old English fealh “fallow land,” from Proto-Germanic *falgo (cf. Old High German felga “harrow,” German Felge “plowed-up fallow land,” East Frisian falge “fallow,” falgen “to break up ground”), perhaps from a derivation of PIE root *pel- “to turn,” assimilated in English to fallow (adj.) because of the color of plowed earth. Originally “plowed land,” then “land plowed but not planted” (1520s). As an adjective, from late 14c.
“pale yellow, brownish yellow,” Old English fealu “reddish yellow, yellowish-brown, tawny, dusk-colored,” from Proto-Germanic *falwa- (cf. Old Saxon falu, Old Norse fölr, Middle Dutch valu, Dutch vaal, Old High German falo, German falb), from PIE *pal-wo- “dark-colored, gray” (cf. Old Church Slavonic plavu, Lithuanian palvas “sallow;” Greek polios, Sanskrit palitah, Welsh llwyd “gray;” Latin pallere “to be pale”), from root *pal- (see pallor). It also forms the root of words for “pigeon” in Greek (peleia), Latin (palumbes), and Old Prussian (poalis).
[fal-oh] /ˈfæl oʊ/ adjective 1. (of land) plowed and left unseeded for a season or more; uncultivated. 2. not in use; inactive: My creative energies have lain fallow this year. noun 3. land that has undergone plowing and harrowing and has been left unseeded for one or more growing seasons. verb (used with object) 4. […]
noun 1. a seaport in SE Massachusetts, on an arm of Narragansett Bay.
[fawlz] /fɔlz/ noun 1. a town in NE Pennsylvania, on the Susquehanna River. [fawl] /fɔl/ verb (used without object), fell, fallen, falling. 1. to drop or descend under the force of gravity, as to a lower place through loss or lack of support. 2. to come or drop down suddenly to a lower position, especially […]
- Fall short of
Prove inadequate or insufficient. For example, His skills fell short of the required standard. [ Late 1500s ]