Definition of bowel in English:


Syllabification: bow·el
Pronunciation: /ˈbou(ə)l
(also bowels)


  • 1The part of the alimentary canal below the stomach; the intestine.
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    • 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.
    intestine(s), entrails, innards, small intestine, large intestine, colon
    informal guts, insides, viscera
  • 1.1 (the bowels of ——) The parts deep inside something large: the train picks up speed for its final plunge into the subterranean bowels of Manhattan
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    • 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.
    interior, inside, core, belly; depths, recesses
    informal innards


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

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