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

1375–1425; late Middle English bowle, variant of boule < Middle French < Latin bulla bubble, knob; cf. boil1, bola Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bowl over

bowl over

verb (tr, adverb)

informal to surprise (a person) greatly, esp in a pleasant way; astound; amazehe was bowled over by our gift
to knock (a person or thing) down; cause to fall over


/ (bəʊl) /


Word Origin for bowl

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


/ (bəʊl) /


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


See also bowl over, bowls

Word Origin for bowl

C15: from French boule, ultimately from Latin bulla bubble

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Word Origin and History for bowl over
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Idioms and Phrases with bowl over

bowl over

Astonish, surprise greatly, overwhelm, as in I was simply bowled over by their wonderful performance. This term originated in cricket, where it means “to knock all the bails off the wicket.” [Mid-1800s]

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