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

Definition of bellow

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

Other Words from bellow

bellow noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The track builds to a mammoth moment of vocal exultation, again orchestrated to bellow through arenas later this year. Bobby Olivier, SPIN, 12 May 2022 The abrupt ending prompted the reporter to bellow with laughter. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 11 Mar. 2022 The savvy business woman and brassy dame who had to bellow to be heard, however? David Fear, Rolling Stone, 10 Dec. 2021 On weekends, mobs of adults shriek and bellow at them, questioning their eyesight, intelligence and humanity. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2021 Trump, still stewing over his 2020 loss and eying a run in 2024, has continued to bellow complaints about the results of the last presidential election and insert himself into Peach State politics. Sara Murray And Jason Morris, CNN, 4 Nov. 2021 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, 15 Apr. 2021 The New York Times will bellow and bleat, And the silence will echo down Mulberry Street. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 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,, 26 Jan. 2021 See More

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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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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

Bellow biographical name

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

Definition of Bellow

Saul 1915–2005 American (Canadian-born) writer

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