[ bel-oh ]
/ ˈbɛl oʊ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. belloc, hilaire,
  2. bellock,
  3. bellona,
  4. bellotto,
  5. bellotto, bernardo,
  6. bellow, saul,
  7. bellowing,
  8. bellows,
  9. bellows fish,
  10. bellows, george wesley

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

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British Dictionary definitions for bellowing


/ (ˈbɛləʊ) /


(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


/ (ˈbɛləʊ) /


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 bellowing
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