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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
Related formsbel·low·er, nounout·bel·low, verb (used with object)

Synonym study

2. See cry. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for bellowed

clamor, yelp, wail, roar, bluster, bray, cry, rout, blare, bawl, bay, whoop, shout, call, low, bark, yell, yawp, shriek, scream

Examples from the Web for bellowed

Contemporary Examples of bellowed

Historical Examples of bellowed

  • He could have thrown himself on the floor and bellowed to be let alone.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • "You may expect some rare fooling with the engines, Jack," he bellowed.

    End of the Tether

    Joseph Conrad

  • “Then came the Mensheviki with their law,” he bellowed xxxvii suddenly.

    The Crimson Tide

    Robert W. Chambers

  • He got to his feet swiftly beside me, bellowed, and took the fence.

    'Charge It'

    Irving Bacheller

  • Mere child as I was I could hardly have bellowed like a bull.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

British Dictionary definitions for bellowed


  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
Derived Formsbellower, noun

Word Origin for bellow

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


  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 bellowed



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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