Definition of bellow in English:


Syllabification: bel·low
Pronunciation: /ˈbelō


[no object]
1(Of a person or animal) emit a deep loud roar, typically in pain or anger: he bellowed in agony (as noun bellowing) the bellowing of a bull
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  • The beast bellowed in pain as it let go of Gilian and hunched over from bloody wounds.
  • One guard bellowed in alarm, the other in pain as Yuki sank her teeth into his arm and kicked his shin.
  • Before the word could leave Mark's lips, Dad bellowed in rage.
1.1 [reporting verb] Shout something with a deep loud roar: [with object]: the watchers were bellowing encouragement he bellowed out the order [with direct speech]: God send the right!” he bellowed [with infinitive]: his desperate parents were bellowing at her to stop
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  • Shouts and screams continued to be bellowed out by the spectators lining the streets of Pau.
  • He bellowed out in his loudest voice, ‘This lion fears us!’
  • They've been tearing into each other in party meetings, bellowing at each other through their newspaper columns, accusing each other of vanity, iniquity, venality, even conviviality.
1.2 [with object] Sing (a song) loudly and tunelessly: he got thrown out of bars for bellowing Portuguese folk songs
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  • An enormous peasant jumped up and bellowed a song in which he imitated all the animals of the barnyard, confusing the animals somewhat, so that he crowed for the mule and whinnied for the pig.
  • As he stammers, then bellows the last chorus of ‘(Do Not Feed The) Oyster ’, the kingdom rejoices: Their prince is free.
  • There were women in various stages of undress, aged hacks bellowing out nationalist folk songs, several figures slumped in corners and enough booze to float a battleship.


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A deep roaring shout or sound: a bellow of rage he delivers his lines in a bellow
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  • Letting out a bellow of rage as my feet were swept from under me, I instinctively rolled away just as a tentacle swept the clayey silt where I'd been a fraction of a second ago.
  • With a collective bellow of rage, the creatures advanced.
  • And a ferocious bellow of rage brought the girl back to her senses.


Middle English: perhaps from late Old English bylgan.

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