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 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 Jackson bellowed before giving Izzo a big handshake and hug. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball's close losses both maddening and encouraging for Tom Izzo," 18 Feb. 2020 Full-throated protesters bellowed for justice for Weinstein’s accusers. Melissa Chan, Time, "In Harvey Weinstein Trial, Drama Gives Way to Lesson on 'Rape Myths'," 24 Jan. 2020 But while those species bellow at pitches of about 15 to 25 Hz, the new notes hit 52 Hz—only about as low as a tuba can manage. Erin Blakemore, Popular Science, "Seven mysterious sounds science has yet to solve," 27 Jan. 2020 The next game, as Mason bellowed Blazers names during pregame introductions, Malone snuck up behind the public address announcer, stuck his finger in his mouth and slipped it into Mason’s ear. oregonlive, "Best seat in the house: Mark Mason prepares for 1,000th game as Portland Trail Blazers’ PA announcer," 10 Jan. 2020 Iconoclastic entrepreneur Don Panoz famously fielded front-engine LMP-1 sports racers at Le Mans between 1999 and 2002, using bellowing Ford V8 power to stun the Europeans, but alas, never defeat them for the overall victory. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "The Corvette is finally the supercar it deserves to be," 2 Jan. 2020 Double shoulder patches and brier-proof sleeve armor are straight out of the upland playbook, but the shirt gets all vesty with an oversize bellows chest pocket for extra shells and an integrated blood-proof game bag. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Hunting Winter Rabbits Behind Bailey, the Almost-Famous Pot-Bellied Beagle," 10 Dec. 2019 At game’s end the stands were a family of fans — a record 58,359 strong, on their feet and bellowing with more lust than ever imagined. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: 35 years ago the Padres won their first trip to the World Series," 8 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of bellow was before the 12th century

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“Bellow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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