- to remove the bowels or entrails from; eviscerate.
- to cut or slash open the abdomen of, as by bayoneting, so as to expose or remove the viscera.
Origin of disembowel
Examples from the Web for disembowel
Another promised to "disembowel him with a rusty pitchfork."Palin's Other Arizona 'Targets'
January 10, 2011
So was a cut on his stomach, where the Black had sought to disembowel him.Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories
Albert Payson Terhune
Montfleury must go, or I shall crop his ears and disembowel him!Cyrano de Bergerac
You know it isn't easy to procure children whom one may disembowel with impunity.L-bas
J. K. Huysmans
He urged the crowd to disembowel all the inhabitants of London.The Tables Turned
According to Petherick, they do not disdain dead animals, whose carcasses they disembowel with their powerful hooked beak.
- (tr) to remove the entrails of
Word Origin and History for disembowel
c.1600, from dis- + embowel. Earlier form was disbowel (mid-15c.); embowel, with the same meaning, is attested from 1520s. Related: Disemboweled; disembowelment.