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 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

bowl

1

noun

a round container open at the top, used for holding liquid, keeping fruit, serving food, etc
Also: bowlful the amount a bowl will hold
the rounded or hollow part of an object, esp of a spoon or tobacco pipe
any container shaped like a bowl, such as a sink or lavatory
mainly US a bowl-shaped building or other structure, such as a football stadium or amphitheatre
a bowl-shaped depression of the land surfaceSee also dust bowl
literary
  1. a drinking cup
  2. intoxicating drink

Word Origin for bowl

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

bowl

2

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

to roll smoothly or cause to roll smoothly, esp by throwing underarm along the ground
(intr usually foll by along) to move easily and rapidly, as in a car
cricket
  1. to send (a ball) down the pitch from one's hand towards the batsman, keeping the arm straight while doing so
  2. Also: bowl outto dismiss (a batsman) by delivering a ball that breaks his wicket
(intr) to play bowls or tenpin bowling
(tr) (in tenpin bowling) to score (a specified amount)he bowled 120
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

bowl

n.

Old English bolla "pot, cup, bowl," from Proto-Germanic *bul- "a round vessel" (cf. Old Norse bolle, Old High German bolla), from PIE *bhl-, from root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).

bowl

v.

"to roll a ball on the ground," typically as part of a game or contest, mid-15c., from bowl "wooden ball" (see bowls). Specifically of cricket from 1755; cricket use is source of late 19c. expressions bowl over, etc. Related: Bowled; bowling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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