blow


1blow

verb \ˈblō\
blew \ˈblü\ blown \ˈblōn\ blow·ing

Definition of BLOW

intransitive verb
1
a of air (1) :  to be in motion <a breeze blew gently> (2) :  to move with speed or force <the wind was blowing>
b :  to move or run quickly <the linebacker blew past the tackle>
2
:  to send forth a current of air or other gas <don't blow on your soup>
3
a :  to make a sound by or as if by blowing
b of a wind instrument :  sound
4
a :  boast
b :  to talk windily
5
a :  pant, gasp <the horse blew heavily>
b of a cetacean :  to eject moisture-laden air from the lungs through the blowhole
6
:  to move or be carried by or as if by wind <just blew into town>
7
a :  erupt, explode
b of an electric fuse :  to melt when overloaded —often used with out
c of a tire :  to release the contained air through a spontaneous rupture —usually used with out
transitive verb
1
a :  to set (gas or vapor) in motion <the fan blew hot air on us>
b :  to act on with a current of gas or vapor <the breeze blew my hair dry>
2
a :  to play or sound on (a wind instrument)
b :  to play (as a note) on a wind instrument
3
a :  to spread by report
b past participle blowed \ˈblōd\ :  damn <blow the expense>
4
a :  to drive with a current of gas or vapor <the storm blew the boat off course>
b :  to clear of contents by forcible passage of a current of air <blow your nose>
c :  to project (a gesture or sound made with the mouth) by blowing <blew him a kiss>
5
a :  to distend with or as if with gas
b :  to produce or shape by the action of blown or injected air <blowing bubbles>
6
of insects :  to deposit eggs or larvae on or in
7
:  to shatter, burst, or destroy by explosion <blow the safe open>
8
a :  to put out of breath with exertion
b :  to let (as a horse) pause to catch the breath
9
a :  to expend (as money) extravagantly
b :  to treat with unusual expenditure <I'll blow you to a steak>
10
:  to cause (a fuse) to blow
11
:  to rupture by too much pressure <blow a seal>
12
a :  botch 1 <blew her lines>
b :  to fail to keep or hold <they blew a big lead>
13
:  to leave hurriedly <blew town>
14
:  to propel with great force or speed <blew a fastball by the batter>
blow a gasket
:  to become enraged
blow hot and cold
:  to be favorable at one moment and adverse the next
blow off steam
:  to release pent-up emotions
blow one's cool
:  to lose one's composure
blow one's cover
:  to reveal one's real identity
blow one's mind
:  to overwhelm one with wonder or bafflement
blow one's top or blow one's stack
1
:  to become violently angry
2
:  to go crazy
blow smoke
:  to speak idly, misleadingly, or boastfully
blow the whistle
:  to call public or official attention to something (as a wrongdoing) kept secret —usually used with on

Origin of BLOW

Middle English, from Old English blāwan; akin to Old High German blāen to blow, Latin flare, Greek phallos penis
First Known Use: before 12th century

2blow

noun

Definition of BLOW

1
:  a blowing of wind especially when strong or violent
2
:  brag, boasting
3
:  an act or instance of blowing
4
a :  the time during which air is forced through molten metal to refine it
b :  the quantity of metal refined during that time
5
slang :  cocaine

First Known Use of BLOW

1651

3blow

intransitive verb
blew \ˈblü\ blown \ˈblōn\ blow·ing

Definition of BLOW

:  flower, bloom

Origin of BLOW

Middle English, from Old English blōwan; akin to Old High German bluoen to bloom, Latin florēre to bloom, flor-, flos flower
First Known Use: before 12th century

4blow

noun

Definition of BLOW

1
:  blossoms
2
:  2bloom 1b <lilacs in full blow>

First Known Use of BLOW

1710

5blow

noun

Definition of BLOW

1
:  a forcible stroke delivered with a part of the body or with an instrument
2
:  a hostile act or state :  combat <come to blows>
3
:  a forcible or sudden act or effort :  assault
4
:  an unfortunate or calamitous happening <failure to land the job came as a blow>

Origin of BLOW

Middle English (northern dialect) blaw; probably akin to Old High German bliuwan to beat
First Known Use: 15th century

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: blow accordion
Previous Word in the Dictionary: bloviate
All Words Near: blow

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up blow? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More