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bellow

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verb bel·low \ˈbe-(ˌ)lō\

Simple Definition of bellow

  • : to shout in a deep voice

  • of an animal : to make a deep, loud sound

Full Definition of bellow

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make the loud deep hollow sound characteristic of a bull

  3. 2 :  to shout in a deep voice

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  bawl <bellows the orders>

bellow noun

Examples of bellow

  1. He bellowed at her to come over at once.

  2. He was bellowing into the phone, giving orders to one of his employees.

  3. The sergeant was bellowing orders.



Origin of bellow

Middle English belwen, from Old English bylgian; akin to Old English & Old High German bellan to roar


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with bellow


Bellow

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biographical name Bel·low \ˈbe-(ˌ)lō\

Definition of Bellow

  1. Saul 1915–2005 Am. (Canad.-born) writer



Rhymes with bellow


BELLOW Defined for Kids

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bellow

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verb bel·low \ˈbe-lō\

Definition of bellow

bel·lowedbel·low·ing

  1. 1 :  to shout in a deep voice <He bellowed for them to stop.>

  2. 2 :  to make a deep and loud sound <The bull dashed up and down the field, bellowing so hard that smoke came out of his nostrils. — Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking>




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bellow

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noun bel·low

Definition of bellow

  1. :  a loud deep sound <an angry bellow>





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