[ bil-oh-ee ]
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adjective,bil·low·i·er, bil·low·i·est.
  1. characterized by or full of billows; surging: a rough, billowy sea.

Origin of billowy

First recorded in 1605–15; billow + -y1

Other words from billowy

  • bil·low·i·ness, noun

Words Nearby billowy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use billowy in a sentence

  • Had there been a thaw, the surface would have hardened, but now they were forced to move the logs through loose, billowy drifts.

    The Girl From Keller's | Harold Bindloss
  • The white steps were in tune with the billowy clouds, and the scarlet pillar-box at the corner had a friendly, human smile.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
  • Forest and open country lay spread out beneath, extending away in billowy roll for miles upon miles into dim, misty distance.

    Forging the Blades | Bertram Mitford
  • Across rolling "downs" of soft, billowy snow we floundered for twenty-four miles, on the two following days.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson

British Dictionary definitions for billowy


/ (ˈbɪləʊɪ) /

  1. full of or forming billows: a billowy sea

Derived forms of billowy

  • billowiness, noun

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