Origin of blower

before 900; Middle English; Old English. See blow2, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for blower

windbag, boaster, blowhard, braggadocio, bragger

Examples from the Web for blower

Historical Examples of blower

  • The blower should be very smooth, and made of either tin, brass or copper.

  • “To tell you who she is, my dear Mrs. Blower, is very easy,” said the officious Doctor.

    St. Ronan's Well

    Sir Walter Scott

  • The mass of glass was also very heavy for the blower to wield.

    The Story of Glass

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • Discovering no blower, he investigated, and began to gently haul in the line.

    Old Fogy

    James Huneker

  • "They might think we were friends of Blower sent to spy on them," said Phil.

British Dictionary definitions for blower



a mechanical device, such as a fan, that blows
a low-pressure rotary compressor, esp in a furnace or internal-combustion engineSee also supercharger
an informal name for telephone
an informal name for speaking tube
an informal name for a whale 1
mining a discharge of firedamp from a crevice
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Word Origin and History for blower

early 12c. (originally of horn-blowers), from Old English blawere, agent noun from blow (v.1). Of mechanical devices from 1795.

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