[ dis-em-bou-uh l ]
/ ˌdɪs ɛmˈbaʊ əl /

verb (used with object), dis·em·bow·eled, dis·em·bow·el·ing or (especially British) dis·em·bow·elled, dis·em·bow·el·ling.

to remove the bowels or entrails from; eviscerate.
to cut or slash open the abdomen of, as by bayoneting, so as to expose or remove the viscera.

Nearby words

  1. disembarrass,
  2. disembodied,
  3. disembody,
  4. disembogue,
  5. disembosom,
  6. disembroil,
  7. disemploy,
  8. disempower,
  9. disemvowel,
  10. disenable

Origin of disembowel

First recorded in 1595–1605; dis-1 + embowel

Related formsdis·em·bow·el·ment, noun

Can be confuseddisembodied disemboweled dismembered

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British Dictionary definitions for disembowel


/ (ˌdɪsɪmˈbaʊəl) /

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled

(tr) to remove the entrails of
Derived Formsdisembowelment, noun

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Word Origin and History for disembowel



c.1600, from dis- + embowel. Earlier form was disbowel (mid-15c.); embowel, with the same meaning, is attested from 1520s. Related: Disemboweled; disembowelment.

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