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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bellow noun

Synonyms for bellow

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of bellow in a Sentence

Verb 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Regular politics is inevitably about differences: rival parties bellow at each other from opposing benches and then vote in something called a division. The Economist, "Bagehot Prince Philip and the dynasty factor," 15 Apr. 2021 The New York Times will bellow and bleat, And the silence will echo down Mulberry Street. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Last Exit to Mulberry Street," 3 Mar. 2021 American alligators bellow deep roars at each other at the onset of mating season, which in Texas is usually late spring to early summer, Warner said. René A. Guzman,, "Yep, San Antonio gets its share of wild alligators. On guard, Fluffy!," 26 Jan. 2021 For Gaga to bellow any less ferociously, without such tearful commitment, would have been an abdication of duty. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Technicolor Normalcy of Biden’s Inauguration," 21 Jan. 2021 Trump arrived seemingly hopped up on grievance and indignation, determined to just bellow his way through the evening without ever having to answer a question or speak with clarity and sincerity to the home audience. Washington Post, "Interruptions, accusations, chaos: Trump trolled the debate stage," 30 Sep. 2020 The alligator was known to bellow frequently, usually responding to the 40 American alligators bellowing in a nearby enclosure. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Here are the winners of the 2020 Ig Nobel Prizes to make you laugh, then think," 17 Sep. 2020 Greater accelerator pressure delivers both instant responses and a dramatic change in sound as the exhaust starts to snarl and bellow. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "A Legend Revived: GTO Engineering's Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione Replica," 8 Sep. 2020 Hourly, court officers bellowed warnings to remind those packed into wooden rows in the gallery that even the sight of a cellphone in hand would trigger an immediate ejection. Chris Francescani, ABC News, "Inside the Harvey Weinstein trial: Reporter's notebook," 25 Feb. 2020

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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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“Bellow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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