Definition of bellow in English:

bellow

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 (of a person or animal) emit a deep loud roar, typically in pain or anger.

    ‘he bellowed in agony’
    • ‘The demon bellowed in pain, but it was hardly defeated.’
    • ‘When the pair arrived back at the scene, the man atop the horse was still bellowing.’
    • ‘The beast bellowed in pain as it let go of Gilian and hunched over from bloody wounds.’
    • ‘The beast bellowed and fell back, at this sound another one yowled behind Artemis and as he spun around a sword grazed his side, creating a deep gash.’
    • ‘From our seats we view huge bulls bellowing like gladiators and bowlegged, skinny-bottomed cowboys in chaps nonchalantly smoking rollups.’
    • ‘Nick bellowed in pain, as she scrambled for her purse, crawling away.’
    • ‘He bellowed in pain and slowly slumped to the ground.’
    • ‘Men were bellowing and roaring as they charged, lost to all rational thought.’
    • ‘That's not to say musk-oxen are docile around people: Aggressive bulls will bellow at or charge humans when confronted and, on rare occasions, maim or even kill.’
    • ‘I was bellowing, it was an awful noise, and the next thing I knew I struck out at her.’
    • ‘Several of the bulls started bellowing and the cows mooing.’
    • ‘The bull is bellowing again, there's a burst of rain and wind.’
    • ‘The creature was still bellowing presumably due to the smell of blood that now filled the cavern.’
    • ‘One guard bellowed in alarm, the other in pain as Yuki sank her teeth into his arm and kicked his shin.’
    • ‘As the Beast bellowed, the horses bolted in fear.’
    • ‘She bellowed in pain and fell to the floor in agony.’
    • ‘The differently colored animals bounded for the boy, the bear bellowed viciously, the wildcat snarled loudly, and the hawk screeched harshly.’
    • ‘Before the word could leave Mark's lips, Dad bellowed in rage.’
    • ‘The soldier bellowed and bent over in pain, but still held onto Cairn to the best of his abilities.’
    • ‘One person bellowed as he gripped the metal tube in his meaty hands.’
    1. 1.1[reporting verb]Shout something with a deep loud roar.
      [with object] ‘he bellowed out the order’
      [with direct speech] ‘‘Not sausage and mash again!’ he bellowed’
      • ‘They were in their early twenties the night that Sullivan bellowed out the cue that began the most agonizing five minutes of their lives.’
      • ‘Shouts and screams continued to be bellowed out by the spectators lining the streets of Pau.’
      • ‘The past few weeks she's been at her worst, and today has been the worst in the five-and-a-half-years I've been here - she's been bellowing at the sky from breakfast to teatime.’
      • ‘He fires again, and then, shotgun in hand, charges the mob, bellowing at the top of his lungs.’
      • ‘One grubby-looking vagrant recently followed me up the road, bellowing at me about how much he needed money for his ‘hard drugs’.’
      • ‘The cops in front of her were bellowing at the man, trying to make him let her go.’
      • ‘A large table of patrons was raising glasses and bellowing at each other gleefully.’
      • ‘Bahamut's voice bellowed out onto the snow-covered plains, his bass voice commanding the attention and hearts of every soul there.’
      • ‘Captain Ferguson bellowed encouragement, his words occasionally drifting up into the stand.’
      • ‘On his way out, he came back to the guard, who was now bellowing at those before the deity to move on even as he blocked the queue.’
      • ‘But no, they had to convey their extreme excitement by bellowing at us through the mic, and permanently damaging our hearing.’
      • ‘With a widened look of panic in his eyes, he bellowed out to Laverne.’
      • ‘The two then bellowed out laughing as they clinked their glasses together in mock agreement.’
      • ‘He bellowed out in his loudest voice, ‘This lion fears us!’’
      • ‘They straggled across the green, all three generations of them, bellowing at each other as if they were at least half a mile apart, rather than the two paces that actually separated them.’
      • ‘I joined other hopeful punters in front of the race screen, bellowing encouragement from the sidelines.’
      • ‘They've been tearing into each other in party meetings, bellowing at each other through their newspaper columns, accusing each other of vanity, iniquity, venality, even conviviality.’
      • ‘The governor, already on board, is bellowing at us, and several women are crossing themselves and muttering prayers.’
      • ‘Waving his arms wildly, he bellowed out the only German word of urgency he could recall: ‘Schnell!’
      • ‘Leon bellowed out and stormed towards her, lifting his hand.’
    2. 1.2[with object]Sing (a song) loudly and tunelessly.
      ‘a dozen large men were bellowing ‘Jerusalem’’
      • ‘Let us do what the Vikings did for their departed ones and raise giant mugs of mead and bellow songs of warrior conquests!’
      • ‘As he stammers, then bellows the last chorus of ‘(Do Not Feed The) Oyster ’, the kingdom rejoices: Their prince is free.’
      • ‘He stumbles around, bellowing a song about dying on dry land.’
      • ‘A young man in shirt and tie is pacing and bellowing a song in a strong accent, disturbing the people around him.’
      • ‘He held his arms out to the crowd as he bellowed the chorus and danced.’
      • ‘Italians are spilling on to the track in their thousands, a beaming rider is being held aloft and crowds of youths are bellowing out a victory song.’
      • ‘Susan was terrified, she'd bellow songs to scare away ghosts before she ventured into a dark room.’
      • ‘When not stopping to bellow a song, they wander into all sorts of unseemly situations.’
      • ‘Once we reached an agreement we rambled through the campsite bellowing the song out and no doubt disturbing the sleep of many.’
      • ‘Local firefighters who had risked their lives to help in the rescue efforts were sent on a lap of honour in open-topped cars while after a minute's silence the Indianapolis children's choir bellowed out the national anthem.’
      • ‘The English rugby anthem Swing Low, Sweet Chariot was bellowed out by more than 600 fans, eager to see their team finally clinch the longed-for title.’
      • ‘Although Glenn said it was pretty demanding, it really showed off the strength of his voice as he bellowed out the chorus with the other boys in the background.’
      • ‘Below his crew bellow a song with gusto “Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves” and from high above he cries “That’s the way to do it!”’
      • ‘There were women in various stages of undress, aged hacks bellowing out nationalist folk songs, several figures slumped in corners and enough booze to float a battleship.’
      • ‘Three sets of drums kept the rhythm steady, flanking him while he bellowed the song's opening lyrics.’
      • ‘An enormous peasant jumped up and bellowed a song in which he imitated all the animals of the barnyard, confusing the animals somewhat, so that he crowed for the mule and whinnied for the pig.’
      • ‘Reaching out and turning up the radio, she was soothed by the sounds of the group as they bellowed one of their newer songs out of her speakers.’
      • ‘Hundreds of Canadian expats crammed into the London pub last night, letting out a sustained roar and bellowing the national anthem at least three times after the national men's hockey team won Olympic gold.’
      • ‘He decides to play drunk, and bellows songs while the cantina staff pick him up and drag him towards the doors.’
      • ‘It had rained all weekend and I was not in the mood to haul a sodden plant into the house and bellow songs.’

noun

  • A deep roaring shout or sound.

    ‘a bellow of rage’
    • ‘Lightning flashed in the dark ocean ahead and soon followed by the bellow of the thunder call.’
    • ‘Deep in the forest of bright green ferns there was a resounding crash, a rustling and, after a short silence, a delighted bellow.’
    • ‘A scant few feet in front of the boys, the attacker turned with a bellow of rage.’
    • ‘The second guard spoke, his voice a bellow in order to be heard over the murmuring crowd.’
    • ‘Dad let out a bellow of laughter, which made us all started laughing.’
    • ‘She didn't hear the footsteps madly raging towards her, or the ferocious bellow of defiance that should have greeted her ears.’
    • ‘The sound of Joseph's bellow drew her eyes back to the center.’
    • ‘Up ahead, an irritated bellow echoes around the hall.’
    • ‘He tried to form a mighty bellow but only a shriek escaped his lungs.’
    • ‘Chloe looked up in shock as she heard an angry bellow echo through the huge homestead.’
    • ‘That scream from the treetops is answered by another, and another, until the tropical forest shakes under a thundering bellow.’
    • ‘The demanding bellow of a team of oxen, coupled with the shouts of their teamster startled them in to moving again.’
    • ‘With a collective bellow of rage, the creatures advanced.’
    • ‘He forced a sound out: what started as an infernal bellow emerged as a whimper.’
    • ‘The bellow echoed through the whole house, I was sure.’
    • ‘They shouted at each other, someone called Claire was mentioned and there was many an anguished bellow.’
    • ‘There was so much noise already; I didn't want to introduce a competing bellow.’
    • ‘And a ferocious bellow of rage brought the girl back to her senses.’
    • ‘I suddenly open my mouth and let forth a tremendous bellow of laughter.’
    • ‘Letting out a bellow of rage as my feet were swept from under me, I instinctively rolled away just as a tentacle swept the clayey silt where I'd been a fraction of a second ago.’
    roar, shout, bawl, bark, bay, yawp, yell, yelp, shriek, howl, scream, screech, call, cry, whoop, wail, caterwaul
    holler
    vociferation, ululation
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Origin

Middle English: perhaps from late Old English bylgan.

Pronunciation:

bellow

/ˈbɛləʊ/