bellow

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Etymology[edit]

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).

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(US, regional) beller

Noun[edit]

bellow ‎(plural bellows)

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  1. the deep roar of a large animal, or any similar loud noise

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Verb[edit]

bellow ‎(third-person singular simple present bellows, present participle bellowing, simple past and past participle bellowed)

  1. To make a loud, deep, hollow noise like the roar of an angry bull.
    • Dryden
      the bellowing voice of boiling seas
  2. To shout in a deep voice.
    • 2012 May 13, Alistair Magowan, “Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      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.

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