Definition of bellow in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɛləʊ/


[no object]
1(Of a person or animal) emit a deep loud roar, typically in pain or anger: he bellowed in agony
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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]: he bellowed out the order [with direct speech]: ‘Not sausage and mash again!’ he bellowed
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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.
roar, shout, bawl, thunder, trumpet, boom, bark, bay, yawp, yell, yelp, shriek, howl, scream, screech, call, cry, cry out, sing out, whoop, wail, caterwaul;
raise one's voice
North American informal holler
rare vociferate, ululate
1.2 [with object] Sing (a song) loudly and tunelessly: a dozen large men were bellowing ‘Jerusalem’
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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.


A deep roaring shout or sound: a bellow of rage
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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.
roar, shout, bawl, bark, bay, yawp, yell, yelp, shriek, howl, scream, screech, call, cry, whoop, wail, caterwaul
North American informal holler
rare vociferation, ululation


Middle English: perhaps from late Old English bylgan.

Words that rhyme with bellow

Bargello, bordello, cello, Donatello, fellow, jello, martello, mellow, morello, niello, Novello, Pirandello, Portobello, Punchinello, Uccello, violoncello, yellow

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