Definition of blowup in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈblōˌəp/


1An enlargement of a photograph.
Example sentences
  • This exhibition, designed by Woods, includes drawings, models, photographic blow-ups and an installation.
  • Along the corridors and hallways, open spaces and nooks, blow-ups of TV Guide covers chronicle the evolution of TV, entertainment and ultimately Americana over the past 47 years.
  • Later, I open the envelope and pull out a blow-up of the wedding photo.
2 informal An outburst of anger.
Example sentences
  • She was known for sharp remarks and occasional blow-ups.
  • I wish they hadn't spoiled her blow-up scene in the previews.
  • After talking with Chris, Vera saw that Kaia's blow-up had more to do with bottled up anger towards her mother than with Ralph's death.


Inflatable: a blowup neck pillow
More example sentences
  • ‘Sora’ left with her blow-up ring pillow, still a little sore, but definitely not sorry!
  • Our nation's rich supply of blow-up dolls has barely begun to be explored for national security purposes.
  • Here's a contemporary conundrum for you: how come celebs get thinner when they have kids, while the rest of us end up looking like blow-up versions of our former selves?
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.