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bellow

[bel-oh] /ˈbɛl oʊ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to emit a hollow, loud, animal cry, as a bull or cow.
2.
to roar; bawl:
bellowing with rage.
verb (used with object)
3.
to utter in a loud deep voice:
He bellowed his command across the room.
noun
4.
an act or sound of bellowing.
Origin of bellow
1000
before 1000; Middle English belwen, akin to Old English bylgan to roar (compare for the vowel Old High German bullôn); extended form akin to bell2
Related forms
bellower, noun
outbellow, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
2. See cry.
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  • It was the bellowing of the wild beast, the real and only one!

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • Like a flash of light she had passed through the bellowing throng.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • The bellowing of red deer comes from a neighbouring corrie, and a herd of roe are browsing on the confines of the scrub.

  • He dashed out into the antechamber, and I heard him bellowing orders.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • Above the lowing and bellowing there would be a thunder of hoofs on the side opposite to that on which they were engaged.

    Redskin and Cow-Boy G. A. (George Alfred) Henty
British Dictionary definitions for bellowing

bellow

/ˈbɛləʊ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to make a loud deep raucous cry like that of a bull; roar
2.
to shout (something) unrestrainedly, as in anger or pain; bawl
noun
3.
the characteristic noise of a bull
4.
a loud deep sound, as of pain or anger
Derived Forms
bellower, noun
Word Origin
C14: probably from Old English bylgan; related to bellan to bell²

Bellow

/ˈbɛləʊ/
noun
1.
Saul. 1915–2005, US novelist, born in Canada. His works include Dangling Man (1944), The Adventures of Angie March (1954), Herzog (1964), Humboldt's Gift (1975), The Dean's December (1981), and Ravelstein (2000): Nobel prize for literature 1976
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Word Origin and History for bellowing
n.

late 14c., from present participle of bellow (v.). As an adjective, recorded from 1610s.

bellow

v.

apparently from Old English bylgan "to bellow," from PIE root *bhel- (4) "to sound, roar." Originally of animals, especially cows and bulls; used of human beings since c.1600. Related: Bellowed; bellowing. As a noun from 1779.

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