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From Middle English blawen, from Old English blāƿen, blāwen, past participle of Old English blāwan.

Morphologically blow +‎ -n.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /bləʊn/
  • (US) IPA(key): /bloʊn/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊn


blown (not comparable)

  1. Distended, swollen, or inflated.
    Cattle are said to be blown when gorged with green food which develops gas.
  2. Panting and out of breath.
  3. (of glass) Formed by blowing.
  4. Under the influence of drugs, especially marijuana.
  5. (obsolete) Stale; worthless.
  6. Covered with the eggs and larvae of flies; flyblown.
  7. (automotive) Given a hot rod blower.
  8. Having failed.
    a blown head gasket
    • 1962 March, “The New Year Freeze-up on British Railways”, in Modern Railways, page 159:
      Attempts by Waterloo signalmen to clear the points by power operation eventually exhausted point motor batteries, which are fed by trickle chargers, and a blown fuse accentuated the problem; thus, even when the points had been cleared of ice, no power was available to operate them until the batteries were sufficiently recharged.

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  1. past participle of blow

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