verb (used without object)

to emit a hollow, loud, animal cry, as a bull or cow.
to roar; bawl: bellowing with rage.

verb (used with object)

to utter in a loud deep voice: He bellowed his command across the room.


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. 2019

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



(intr) to make a loud deep raucous cry like that of a bull; roar
to shout (something) unrestrainedly, as in anger or pain; bawl


the characteristic noise of a bull
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



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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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