noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
Origin of bellows
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of bellow
Related Words for bellowsclamor, yelp, wail, roar, bluster, bray, cry, rout, blare, bawl, bay, whoop, shout, call, low, bark, yell, yawp, shriek, scream
Examples from the Web for bellows
Contemporary Examples of bellows
Some operate like bellows, creating an accordion-like sound as they aspirate.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso
October 2, 2014
Another Maine operative, a Democrat who has worked with Bellows agreed.
“Susan Collins was elected 18 years ago, when I was graduating from college,” Bellows told The Daily Beast.
To be clear, Bellows is not a millennial, but rather half a generation older.
And she crushed her last two competitors, both of whom were better known than Bellows.
Historical Examples of bellows
The cottage had once been a smithy, and the bellows had been left in its place.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
The man with the bellows jumped down from his bucket and ran eagerly after him.Prince Vance
A cloth should never be used, for it leaves some lint behind; but take off the dust with a painter's brush, or a pair of bellows.
Rotha could hear the thick breathing of the bellows and the thin tinkle of the anvil.The Shadow of a Crime
He's lodged at the Bull, and bellows like one when he speaks of what you owe him.Mistress Wilding
noun (functioning as singular or plural)
Word Origin for bellows
Word Origin for bellow
c.1200, belwes, literally "bags," plural of belu, belw, northern form of beli, from late Old English belg "bag, purse, leathern bottle" (see belly (n.)). Reduced from blæstbælg, literally "blowing bag." Used exclusively in plural since 15c., probably due to the two handles.
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.