Definition of bowel in English:

Share this entry

bowel

Pronunciation: /ˈbaʊəl/

noun

1 (often bowels) The part of the alimentary canal below the stomach; the intestine: he felt his bowels loosen the lining of the bowel [as modifier]: bowel cancer
More example sentences
  • The large intestine or large bowel consists of the colon and the section before the anus, the rectum.
  • This misplaced tissue may be found on the ovaries, uterus, bowel, pelvis and abdomen.
  • Cancer of the small bowel, the longer, thinner part of the intestines is much rarer.
Synonyms
intestine(s), small intestine, large intestine, colon;
entrails, viscera
informal guts, insides, innards
1.1 (the bowels of) The deepest inner parts or areas of (something): the mineshaft descended deep into the bowels of the earth
More example sentences
  • But what if someone stood up and admitted whatever he held deep within the bowels of his soul.
  • Deep in bowels of the mansion was the epicentre of communication technology and field command.
  • He would have to take it deep into the bowels of the earth, for the glorious Garland Battle was about to begin.
Synonyms
interior, inside, core, belly, cavity, pit;
depths, recesses
informal innards
rare penetralia

Origin

Middle English: from Old French bouel, from Latin botellus, diminutive of botulus 'sausage'.

More
  • Old French bouel has given bowel in English, from Latin botellus ‘little sausage’, from botulus, source of botulism (late 19th century), a form of food poisoning, adopted from German Botulismus, originally ‘sausage poisoning’.

Words that rhyme with bowel

avowal, Baden-Powell, disembowel, dowel, Howell, Powell, rowel, towel, trowel, vowel

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: bowel

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.