bellow

verb
bel·low | \ ˈbe-(ˌ)lō \
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

Bellow

biographical name
Bel·low | \ ˈbe-(ˌ)lō \

Definition of Bellow (Entry 2 of 2)

Saul 1915–2005 American (Canadian-born) writer

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Other words from bellow

Verb

bellow noun

Synonyms for bellow

Synonyms: Verb

boom, growl, roar, thunder

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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

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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A rare, fiery performance of a Rebel ballet kicks off Mainly Mozart Festival," 10 June 2018 Now News Group) One by one, the cannons bellowed their salute to the nation's birthday. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Greenfield man defies police by continuing long-running tradition of firing off Civil War cannons on 4th of July," 5 July 2018 As the Riazor crowd bellowed, a Juan Carlos Valeron header and a fierce drive from Albert Luque about a minute from half-time erased Milan's first leg lead and would send Deportivo through on away goals. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Liverpool, Barcelona at the Pinnacle of the Best Champions League Comebacks Ever," 10 Apr. 2018 When Ward bent down to tie Baker's shoes, the drummer grunted and bellowed like a wounded water buffalo. Gogo Lidz, Newsweek, "Ginger Baker Hates You," 16 Oct. 2013 Aided by bellowing online commentators pushing their own agenda and warped worldview, people put together disparate pieces of information into semi-plausible stories. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Paul Tremblay’s apocalyptic novel The Cabin at the End of the World is a parents’ worst nightmare," 30 June 2018 The quiet, recalcitrant man made the rounds, offering lingering embraces and vigorously shaking his fists, while in the distance thousands of blue-and white-clad fans bellowed their approval. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Lionel Messi lives, and Argentina moves on," 26 June 2018 Children played football and chased balloons, while bellowing traders peddled Harry and Meghan scarves and flags to a crowd thirsty for commemorative paraphernalia. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "A day in Windsor when everything changed," 19 May 2018 On a warm afternoon this week, one puffed out his black-and-white throat and bellowed. Jan Hefler, Philly.com, "Endangered penguins splash it up in new digs at Camden's Adventure Aquarium," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of bellow

Verb

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

History and Etymology for bellow

Verb

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

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bellow

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bellow

: to shout in a deep voice

of an animal : to make a deep, loud sound

bellow

verb
bel·low | \ ˈbe-lō \
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

bellow

noun

Kids Definition of bellow (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud deep sound an angry bellow

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