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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
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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Examples from the web for bellowed
  • Suddenly, he spun around, bellowed ferociously and desperately jiggled his rifle bolt.
  • His singing, though powerful and burnished, was too often blunt and bellowed.
  • The leopardess bellowed, her fury vibrating into the desert air.
  • The same people crying for tax dollars are among those who have bellowed for a space station and a return to the moon.
  • Everybody in my family who's emotionally healthy has bellowed.
  • They bellowed at his every joke and hung intently on his every instruction.
  • The poor beast bellowed with fright and struggled convulsively when he found himself swiftly jerked off his feet into space.
British Dictionary definitions for bellowed

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 bellowed

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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