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[bil-oh-ee] /ˈbɪl oʊ i/
adjective, billowier, billowiest.
characterized by or full of billows; surging:
a rough, billowy sea.
Origin of billowy
First recorded in 1605-15; billow + -y1
Related forms
billowiness, noun Unabridged
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  • The waving of the tree-tops is the billowy movement of a hidden delight.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • I had to chance that I wouldn't be seen while crossing this billowy expanse.

    Beyond the Vanishing Point Raymond King Cummings
  • Every hour in the day he indulges in his circling, billowy flight.

  • When Uncle Si and his cohort got through with them they were as billowy as the surface of the ocean.

    The House

    Eugene Field
  • It is rough and billowy, like the surface of a storm-tossed sea.

    Astronomy of To-day Cecil G. Dolmage
  • And then the flag began to sink with the ship in the billowy sea.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
  • Little soft, comfy Margot in her billowy pink and lace down!

    Little Jeanne of France Madeline Brandeis
British Dictionary definitions for billowy


full of or forming billows: a billowy sea
Derived Forms
billowiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for billowy

1610s, from billow (n.) + -y (2). Related: Billowiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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