From Middle English belwen, from Old English bylgian, ultimately from the Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (“to sound, roar”), whence also belg (“leather bag”), bellan (“to roar”), blāwan (“to blow”). Cognate with German bellen (“to bark”), Russian бле́ять (bléjatʹ, “baa, bleat”).
bellow (plural bellows)
- The deep roar of a large animal, or any similar loud noise.
1912, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World:
There was a tap at a door, a bull's bellow from within, and I was face to face with the Professor.
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 loud, deep, hollow noise like the roar of an angry bull.
- 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.
to make a noise like the deep roar of a large animal