From Middle English belwen, from Old English bylgian, ultimately from the Proto-Indo-European base *bʰel- (“to sound, roar”), cognate with belg “leather bag,” bellan “to roar,” blāwan “to blow”. Cognate with German bellen (“to bark”), Old Slavonic блея (Russian блеять (“baa, bleat”)).
bellow (plural bellows)
- the deep roar of a large animal, or any similar loud noise
the deep roar of a large animal, or any similar loud noise
bellow (third-person singular simple present bellows, present participle bellowing, simple past and past participle bellowed)
- to make a noise like the deep roar of a large animal
- to shout in a deep voice
- 2012 May 13, Alistair Magowan, “Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd”, BBC Sport:
- Then, as the Sunderland fans' cheers bellowed around the stadium, United's title bid was over when it became apparent City had pinched a last-gasp winner to seal their first title in 44 years.
to make a noise like the deep roar of a large animal
to shout or scream in a deep voice
- ^ bellow in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913