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billowy

[bil-oh-ee] /ˈbɪl oʊ i/
adjective, billowier, billowiest.
1.
characterized by or full of billows; surging:
a rough, billowy sea.
Origin of billowy
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15; billow + -y1
Related forms
billowiness, noun
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  • The waving of the tree-tops is the billowy movement of a hidden delight.

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  • I had to chance that I wouldn't be seen while crossing this billowy expanse.

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  • Every hour in the day he indulges in his circling, billowy flight.

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

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  • And then the flag began to sink with the ship in the billowy sea.

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  • Little soft, comfy Margot in her billowy pink and lace down!

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British Dictionary definitions for billowy

billowy

/ˈbɪləʊɪ/
adjective
1.
full of or forming billows: a billowy sea
Derived Forms
billowiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for billowy
adj.

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

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