bellower

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

bellow +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

bellower (plural bellowers)

  1. One who bellows.
    • c. 1624, George Chapman (translator), “A Hymne to Hermes” in The Crowne of all Homers workes Batrachomyomachia or the battaile of frogs and mise. His hymn’s - and - epigrams, London, p. 56,[2]
      And these [oxen] the wittie-borne
      (Argicides,) set serious spie vpon:
      Seuering from all the rest; and setting gone
      Full fiftie of the violent Bellowers.
    • 1794, Robert Jephson, Roman Portraits, London: G.G. and J. Robinson, lines 558-561, p. 38,[3]
      Besides, the scent of mischief lur’d along
      (The scum of towns) a numerous noisy throng;
      Bellowers, unfit to govern or obey,
      Who little heed the cause, but love the fray;
    • 1839, Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, Chapter 41,[4]
      ‘A—hem!’ cried the same voice; and that, not in the tone of an ordinary clearing of the throat, but in a kind of bellow, which woke up all the echoes in the neighbourhood, and was prolonged to an extent which must have made the unseen bellower quite black in the face.
    • 2016, Brad Wheeler, “Roger Waters, The Who get political at Desert Trip,” The Globe and Mail, 10 October, 2016,[5]
      Mic-swinging lead bellower Roger Daltrey stuck to singing, while sometime-vocalist Pete Townshend proved his guitar game was as strong as his aptitude and willingness for pithy, insolent commentary.
  2. (obsolete, colloquial) A town crier.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Francis Grose, A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, London: S. Hooper, 2nd edition, 1788.[1]

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