[ bel-ohz, -uh z ]
/ ˈbɛl oʊz, -əz /

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

a device for producing a strong current of air, consisting of a chamber that can be expanded to draw in air through a valve and contracted to expel it through a tube.
anything resembling or suggesting bellows in form, as the collapsible part of a camera or enlarger.
the lungs.

Origin of bellows

before 900; Middle English bel(o)wes (plural), Old English belg, short for blǣst belg, plural belgas blast-bag; cognate with Dutch blaasbalg, German Blasebalg, Old Norse belgr. See belly


bel·lows·like, adjective

Definition for bellows (2 of 3)

[ bel-ohz ]
/ ˈbɛl oʊz /


George Wesley,1882–1925, U.S. painter and lithographer.

Definition for bellows (3 of 3)

[ 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.

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


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

synonym study for bellow

2. See cry. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for bellows (1 of 3)

/ (ˈbɛləʊz) /

noun (functioning as singular or plural)

Also called: pair of bellows an instrument consisting of an air chamber with flexible sides or end, a means of compressing it, an inlet valve, and a constricted outlet that is used to create a stream of air, as for producing a draught for a fire or for sounding organ pipes
photog a telescopic light-tight sleeve, connecting the lens system of some cameras to the body of the instrument
a flexible corrugated element used as an expansion joint, pump, or means of transmitting axial motion

Word Origin for bellows

C16: from plural of Old English belig belly

British Dictionary definitions for bellows (2 of 3)

/ (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 forms of bellow

bellower, noun

Word Origin for bellow

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

British Dictionary definitions for bellows (3 of 3)

/ (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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