ballow

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English balowe, balwe, balgh, from Old English bælg, bæliġ (bag, purse, leathern bottle, pair of bellows, pod, husk), from Proto-Germanic *balgiz (bag), from Proto-Indo-European *bholǵʰ- (leathern bag, pillow, mattress, paunch). More at belly.

Adjective[edit]

ballow (comparative more ballow, superlative most ballow)

  1. (obsolete) Round; pot-bellied.

Etymology 2[edit]

Origin unknown.

Noun[edit]

ballow (plural ballows)

  1. (nautical) Deep water inside a shoal or bar.

Etymology 3[edit]

Origin obscure.

Noun[edit]

ballow (plural ballows)

  1. (obsolete) A cudgel.

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