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 All summer fans were bellowing for a flurry of big money additions, and rightfully so., "Why Arsenal's Use of Youth in Spite of Summer Signings Casts a Positive Light Moving Forward," 15 Aug. 2019 Played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, most of the Uruguay players were expressionless to begin with before their straight faces gave way to looks of utter bemusement as the Chilean national anthem bellowed out instead., "National Anthem Antics: 6 Times Stadiums Got it Totally Wrong in International Fixtures," 8 Sep. 2019 British politics is now trapped in a weird impasse as these two extremists face each other across the aisle, bellowing and finger-jabbing. The Economist, "British politics goes into the upside down," 5 Sep. 2019 The camper where he was discovered was vacant and the property on which it is located bellowed to a family member of Garrett. Carol Robinson |, al, "Skeletal remains found in Brighton camper identified as 58-year-old man," 20 Aug. 2019 Footage circulated online shows what appears to be burnt U.N.-owned vehicles as thick smoke bellows into the sky. Washington Post, "UN: Car bomb kills 3 UN staff outside mall in Libya," 10 Aug. 2019 The whisper on the school’s microphone was drowned out by the entire crowd joining in and bellowing out the song. Rusty Simmons,, "‘Paradise football, like always’: Healing for a town, its team and its heroes," 24 Aug. 2019 The canopies were filled with screeching monkeys and the river with bellowing hippos. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Kenya’s Pokomo people ask the British to return what was stolen: Their source of power," 9 Aug. 2019 Soon enough, the defending champion was bellowing and shaking his fist after putting away an overhead to go up a break in the third set. Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "Novak Djokovic gets by Roberto Bautista Agut to reach sixth Wimbledon final," 12 July 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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How to pronounce Bellow (audio)

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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