blowen

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

blowen (plural blowens)

  1. (obsolete, vulgar) A prostitute; a courtesan.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for blowen in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English blāwan, from Proto-Germanic *blēaną.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈblɔu̯ən/
  • (Northern ME) IPA(key): /ˈblɑu̯(ən)/

Verb[edit]

blowen

  1. To blow; to produce a current of air:
    1. To blow as to eliminate or remove; to blow away or blow off.
    2. To breathe out; to emit air out of the mouth while breathing.
    3. To blow upon a musical instrument as to produce a sound.
    4. To inhale; to breathe in (something).
    5. To blow upon a fire to intensify it; to intensify.
    6. To blow up; to blow as to cause the inflation of something.
    7. To gasp, to struggle to breath.
  2. To introduce a disease or illness by breathing.
  3. To perform the smelting of metal.
  4. To make a sound, especially flatulence.
  5. To talk crudely and proudly; to insult.
  6. To announce, to proclaim, to spread news.
  7. (rare) To be shifted around by the wind.
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  • English: blow
  • Scots: blaw
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English blōwan, from Proto-Germanic *blōaną.

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Verb[edit]

blowen

  1. To blossom; to flower.
    • a. 1250, unknown, “Sumer is icumen in”‎[1]:
      Lhude sing cuccu / Groweþ sed / and bloweþ med
      Sing loudly, cuckoo! / seed grows / and fields bloom
  2. (figuratively) To grow, to flourish.
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This verb is occasionally weak, but usually remains strong, probably due to influence from Etymology 1.

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