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”) and Russian бле́ять (bléjatʹ, “baa, bleat”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbɛloʊ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbɛləʊ/
- Rhymes: -ɛləʊ
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bellow (plural bellows)
- the deep roar of a large animal, or any similar loud noise
- To make a loud, deep, hollow noise like the roar of an angry bull.
- the bellowing voice of boiling seas
- To shout in a deep voice.
2012 May 13, Alistair Magowan, “Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd”, in 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.