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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 bellowing
  • It's mid rutting season, and this big guy was on top of the hill bellowing for his doe to come and join him.
  • He started bellowing and calling the minute he was down.
  • For a time the only sounds were of bellowing and milk streaming into calabashes.
  • She realized the cow was bellowing in pain, its teats swollen with milk.
  • She gave a roll of the eyes, then surged forward with great scooping motions, bellowing.
  • The loud thumping gave way to spastic dancing and eventually some primal bellowing.
  • It's a cattle-truck operation and a bit of bellowing is to be expected.
  • They came clanging up with loud bellowing, breathing out fire.
  • Calves wandered about in a daze, bellowing for their mothers.
  • The church bells here do not toll with a deep, bellowing tone.
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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