noun \ˈbi-(ˌ)lō\

: a moving cloud or mass of smoke, steam, etc.

: a large wave

Full Definition of BILLOW

:  wave; especially :  a great wave or surge of water
:  a rolling mass (as of flame or smoke) that resembles a high wave
bil·lowy \ˈbi-lə-wē\ adjective

Examples of BILLOW

  1. Billows of smoke poured out of the burning building.
  2. the rolling billows of the sea

Origin of BILLOW

Old Norse bylgja; akin to Old High German balg bag — more at belly
First Known Use: 1552



: to move as a large cloud or mass

: to be pushed outward by air

: to rise or roll in waves

Full Definition of BILLOW

intransitive verb
:  to rise or roll in waves or surges
:  to bulge or swell out (as through action of the wind)
transitive verb
:  to cause to billow

Examples of BILLOW

  1. <the curtains in the open windows billowed in the summer wind>

First Known Use of BILLOW


Rhymes with BILLOW


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