Definitions

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

  • n. A loud resounding outcry or noise, as of an enraged bull; a roar.
  • 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.

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)

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Anyway, on the bright side you do not have to run the heat at all during the day ... sometimes, and even in bellow 40 degrees temps, you actually have to open the windows because it gets too hot!

    Waldo Jaquith - Degree days and energy usage.

  • My husband still laughs when he thinks about the first time he stepped onto the dirt floor of this place and heard a customer bellow from the back, "Hey, man - do you have Canadian Hunter in a fifth" (pronounced "fey-uth" - because those folks know how to create two syllable words out of one).

    June 2005

  • One reader writes, I know you are busy so what I write bellow is just background to the question above.

    September 2004

  • Her stone hit the tauros in the throat His bellow was a strangled croak; he dropped to his knees with a splash, scrabbling at his neck.

    The Realms of the Gods

  • Dimly she recalled his bellow at the amazed audience in the open doorway, the comfort of his kisses and his murmured words as he held her close during the night.

    Journey Into Love

  • ‘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.

    Nicholas Nickleby

  • On occasions PUNCHINELLO can "bellow," cut a "tremendous swell," O, and he never throws away a chance of pocketing the "yellow."

    Punchinello, Volume 1, No. 01, April 2, 1870

  • His manner of reading the responses in the service can only be compared to a kind of bellow -- as my father used to say, "he bellowed like a calf" -- and his rendering of parts of it was calculated to raise a smile upon the lips of the most devout.

    The Parish Clerk

  • You will curse your stars if you have to "bellow" for three weeks, when you so hate to speak even in your natural inward tone.

    Memories of Hawthorne

  • Presently it gave sound to a most extraordinary loud snoring kind of bellow, when True dashed forward and caught it.

    On the Banks of the Amazon

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