bowl

1
[ bohl ]
/ boʊl /

noun

verb (used with object)

to give (a floor) a gentle inclination on all sides toward some area, as a stage or platform.

Nearby words

  1. bowie state,
  2. bowie, james,
  3. bowing,
  4. bowingly,
  5. bowknot,
  6. bowl game,
  7. bowl of cherries, life is just a,
  8. bowl over,
  9. bowlder,
  10. bowldering

Origin of bowl

1
before 950; Middle English bolle, Old English bolla; cognate with Old Norse bolli. See boll

Related formsbowl·like, adjective

Origin of bowl

2
1375–1425; late Middle English bowle, variant of boule < Middle French < Latin bulla bubble, knob; cf. boil1, bola

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British Dictionary definitions for bowl

bowl

1
/ (bəʊl) /

noun

Word Origin for bowl

Old English bolla; related to Old Norse bolli, Old Saxon bollo

noun

a wooden ball used in the game of bowls, having flattened sides, one side usually being flatter than the other in order to make it run on a curved course
a large heavy ball with holes for gripping with the fingers and thumb, used in tenpin bowling

verb

See also bowl over, bowls

Word Origin for bowl

C15: from French boule, ultimately from Latin bulla bubble

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