[ 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.

verb (used with object)
  1. to utter in a loud deep voice: He bellowed his command across the room.

  1. an act or sound of bellowing.

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

synonym study For bellow

2. See cry.

Other words from bellow

  • bel·low·er, noun
  • outbellow, verb (used with object)

Words Nearby bellow

Other definitions for Bellow (2 of 2)

[ bel-oh ]

  1. Saul, 1915–2005, U.S. novelist, born in Canada: Nobel Prize in Literature 1976. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bellow in a sentence

  • Angry and excited, McAuliffe paced the narrow floor, his great voice booming forth like a bull's bellow.

    Menotah | Ernest G. Henham
  • With a bellow the cattle started forward at a lively gallop.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas | Frank Gee Patchin
  • Those who do not really feel always pitch their expressions too high or too low, as deaf people bellow or speak in a whisper.

    Leonora | Maria Edgeworth
  • By night the bull frogs, inconceivably big and tremendously vocal, bellow under the banks.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm | Irvin S. Cobb
  • Each season has its glory; if we can't hear the lark, let us listen to the bellow of a lion-comique.

    In the Year of Jubilee | George Gissing

British Dictionary definitions for bellow (1 of 2)


/ (ˈbɛləʊ) /

  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

  1. the characteristic noise of a bull

  2. a loud deep sound, as of pain or anger

Origin of bellow

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

Derived forms of bellow

  • bellower, noun

British Dictionary definitions for Bellow (2 of 2)


/ (ˈbɛləʊ) /

  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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