bel·​low | \ ˈbe-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce bellow (audio) \
bellowed; bellowing; bellows

Definition of bellow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make the loud deep hollow sound characteristic of a bull
2 : to shout in a deep voice

transitive verb

: bawl bellows the orders


biographical name
Bel·​low | \ ˈbe-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce Bellow (audio) \

Definition of Bellow (Entry 2 of 2)

Saul 1915–2005 American (Canadian-born) writer

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Other Words from bellow


bellow noun

Synonyms for bellow

Synonyms: Verb

boom, growl, roar, thunder

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Examples of bellow in a Sentence


He bellowed at her to come over at once. He was bellowing into the phone, giving orders to one of his employees. The sergeant was bellowing orders.
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Dolphins click, whales moan, walruses bellow and seals bark. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Listen to a Seal Sing the Star Wars Theme and ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’," 25 June 2019 So, what exactly did teens -- and their parents -- think original Kingsmen singer Jack Ely was bellowing on the recording? Douglas Perry,, "The 'pornographic' exhortations teens heard in Portland band's 'Louie, Louie': Throwback Thursday," 8 Feb. 2018 Eagles fans have been bellowing their signature chant throughout the massive shopping center. Conor Orr,, "In Minnesota, Little Love for the Underdog Eagles (Or at Least for Their Fans)," 2 Feb. 2018 The other extra-base hit, also a double, bellowed to DH Logan Driscoll (.583 OPS). Jeff Sanders, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: Sod Poodles clinch first-half Texas League title," 18 June 2019 Week after week, disturbing social media news hits, people are outraged, and lawmakers bellow. Jeff Berman, Vox, "Big Tech needs regulation, but DC must go to school before it goes to work," 14 June 2019 Feld, hired by Cristobal away from Georgia to revamp Oregon's weight regimen, could be heard bellowing outside the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex on his way to practice as the players just smiled at the now-familiar sound. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Troy Dye, already the face of Oregon Ducks' defense, eager to achieve more," 9 Mar. 2018 Then the men started yelling, surging forward, bellowing at the chief. Sean Flynn, Esquire, "The Perfect Fire," 9 Mar. 2017 Oboes and bassoons sounded by themselves, a piccolo duet was accompanied by several violins playing pizzicato, and horns bellowed in their lowest register. Christian Hertzog,, "A rare, fiery performance of a Rebel ballet kicks off Mainly Mozart Festival," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of bellow


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for bellow


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

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English Language Learners Definition of bellow

: to shout in a deep voice
of an animal : to make a deep, loud sound


bel·​low | \ ˈbe-lō How to pronounce bellow (audio) \
bellowed; bellowing

Kids Definition of bellow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of bellow (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud deep sound an angry bellow

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