Origin of bowl

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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 over (1 of 3)

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

British Dictionary definitions for bowl over (2 of 3)

bowl

1
/ (bəʊl) /

noun


Word Origin for bowl

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

British Dictionary definitions for bowl over (3 of 3)

bowl

2
/ (bəʊl) /

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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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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