[ lawng-boh, long- ]

  1. a large bow drawn by hand, as that used by English archers from the 12th to the 16th centuries.

Idioms about longbow

  1. draw the longbow, to exaggerate in telling stories; overstate something: He's sure to draw the longbow on the size of his catch of fish.

Origin of longbow

First recorded in 1490–1500; long1 + bow2

Words Nearby longbow

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How to use longbow in a sentence

  • Kenric many times took up his longbow and sent his arrow shafts swiftly towards the heart of his enemy.

    The Thirsty Sword | Robert Leighton
  • "Let every man who can draw a longbow, or wield pike or sword, be sent upon the ships," said the knight.

    The Thirsty Sword | Robert Leighton

British Dictionary definitions for longbow


/ (ˈlɒŋˌbəʊ) /

  1. a large powerful hand-drawn bow, esp as used in medieval England

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