Definition of long bowl in English:

long bowl


  • 1Originally Scottish. Any of various games in which players throw or bowl a (typically heavy) ball over a relatively great distance, as ninepins, etc.; specifically one in which players compete to see who can throw a heavy ball or shot the furthest, or cover a specified distance in the fewest throws. Now historical and rare.

  • 2Figurative. The exchange of artillery fire at a considerable distance, especially between ships. Especially in "(to play) at long bowls". Compare "long ball". Now historical and rare.


In plural


Late 15th century. From long + bowl.


long bowl

/ˌlɒŋ ˈbəʊl/