from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To make the deep roaring sound characteristic of a bull.
- intransitive v. To shout in a deep voice.
- transitive v. To utter in a loud, powerful voice. See Synonyms at shout.
- n. The roar of a large animal, such as a bull.
- n. A very loud utterance or other sound.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the deep roar of a large animal, or any similar loud noise
- v. to make a noise like the deep roar of a large animal
- v. to shout or scream in a deep voice
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To make a hollow, loud noise, as an enraged bull.
- intransitive v. To bowl; to vociferate; to clamor.
- intransitive v. To roar; as the sea in a tempest, or as the wind when violent; to make a loud, hollow, continued sound.
- transitive v. To emit with a loud voice; to shout; -- used with out.
- n. A loud resounding outcry or noise, as of an enraged bull; a roar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To roar; make a hollow, loud noise, as a bull, cow, or deer.
- Of persons, to make any violent outcry; vociferate; clamor: used in ridicule or contempt.
- To roar, as the sea in a tempest, or as the wind when violent; make a loud, hollow, continued sound.
- To utter in a loud deep voice; vociferate: generally with out or forth.
- n. A roar, as of a bull; a loud outcry.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. shout loudly and without restraint
- n. United States author (born in Canada) whose novels influenced American literature after World War II (1915-2005)
- v. make a loud noise, as of animal
- n. a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal)
Middle English belwen, perhaps from Old English belgan, to be enraged, and bylgan, to bellow.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"), Old Slavonic блея (Russian блеять ("baa, bleat")). (Wiktionary)