bowlder

[ bohl-der ]
/ ˈboʊl dər /

noun

QUIZZES

How Hip Is Your Lingo? Take Our Slang Quiz!
If you aren’t already skilled in slang, then this quiz can get you up to speed in no time!
Question 1 of 11
OK Boomer can be perceived as pejorative, but it is mostly considered to be _____

Definition for bowlder (2 of 2)

boulder

or bowl·der

[ bohl-der ]
/ ˈboʊl dər /

noun

a detached and rounded or worn rock, especially a large one.

Origin of boulder

1610–20; short for boulder stone; Middle English bulderston < Scandinavian; compare dialectal Swedish bullersten big stone (in a stream), equivalent to buller rumbling noise (< Old Swedish bulder) + sten stone

OTHER WORDS FROM boulder

boul·dered, adjectiveboul·der·y, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH boulder

bolder boulderboulder cobblestone granule pebble rock stone
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for bowlder

British Dictionary definitions for bowlder

boulder
/ (ˈbəʊldə) /

noun

a smooth rounded mass of rock that has a diameter greater than 25cm and that has been shaped by erosion and transported by ice or water from its original position
geology a rock fragment with a diameter greater than 256 mm and thus bigger than a cobble

Derived forms of boulder

bouldery, adjective

Word Origin for boulder

C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dialect bullersten, from Old Swedish bulder rumbling + sten stone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012