adjective, bil·low·i·er, bil·low·i·est.

characterized by or full of billows; surging: a rough, billowy sea.

Origin of billowy

First recorded in 1605–15; billow + -y1
Related formsbil·low·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of billowy

Historical Examples of billowy

  • The waving of the tree-tops is the billowy movement of a hidden delight.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • I had to chance that I wouldn't be seen while crossing this billowy expanse.

    Beyond the Vanishing Point

    Raymond King Cummings

  • Every hour in the day he indulges in his circling, billowy flight.

  • When Uncle Si and his cohort got through with them they were as billowy as the surface of the ocean.

    The House

    Eugene Field

  • It is rough and billowy, like the surface of a storm-tossed sea.

    Astronomy of To-day

    Cecil G. Dolmage

British Dictionary definitions for billowy



full of or forming billowsa billowy sea
Derived Formsbillowiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for billowy

1610s, from billow (n.) + -y (2). Related: Billowiness.

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