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bellow

[bel-oh]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to emit a hollow, loud, animal cry, as a bull or cow.
  2. to roar; bawl: bellowing with rage.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to utter in a loud deep voice: He bellowed his command across the room.
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noun
  1. an act or sound of bellowing.
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Origin of bellow

before 1000; Middle English belwen, akin to Old English bylgan to roar (compare for the vowel Old High German bullôn); extended form akin to bell2
Related formsbel·low·er, nounout·bel·low, verb (used with object)

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2. See cry.
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bellow

verb
  1. (intr) to make a loud deep raucous cry like that of a bull; roar
  2. to shout (something) unrestrainedly, as in anger or pain; bawl
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noun
  1. the characteristic noise of a bull
  2. a loud deep sound, as of pain or anger
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Derived Formsbellower, noun

Word Origin

C14: probably from Old English bylgan; related to bellan to bell ²

Bellow

noun
  1. Saul . 1915–2005, US novelist, born in Canada. His works include Dangling Man (1944), The Adventures of Angie March (1954), Herzog (1964), Humboldt's Gift (1975), The Dean's December (1981), and Ravelstein (2000): Nobel prize for literature 1976
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Word Origin and History for bellowing

n.

late 14c., from present participle of bellow (v.). As an adjective, recorded from 1610s.

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bellow

v.

apparently from Old English bylgan "to bellow," from PIE root *bhel- (4) "to sound, roar." Originally of animals, especially cows and bulls; used of human beings since c.1600. Related: Bellowed; bellowing. As a noun from 1779.

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