- 1 English
- 1.1 Pronunciation
- 1.2 Etymology 1
- 1.3 Etymology 2
- 1.4 Etymology 3
- 1.5 Etymology 4
- 1.6 Anagrams
- 2 Middle English
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /bləʊ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /bloʊ/
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- Rhymes: -əʊ
From Middle English blowen, from Old English blāwan (“to blow, breathe, inflate, sound”), from Proto-Germanic *blēaną (“to blow”) (compare German blähen), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₁- (“to swell, blow up”) (compare Latin flō (“to blow”) and Old Armenian բեղուն (bełun, “fertile”)).
- (intransitive) To produce an air current.
- (transitive) To propel by an air current.
- Blow the dust off that book and open it up.
- (intransitive) To be propelled by an air current.
- The leaves blow through the streets in the fall.
- (transitive) To create or shape by blowing; as in to blow bubbles, to blow glass.
- To force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other means.
- to blow the fire
- To clear of contents by forcing air through.
- to blow an egg
- to blow one's nose
- (transitive) To cause to make sound by blowing, as a musical instrument.
- (intransitive) To make a sound as the result of being blown.
- In the harbor, the ships' horns blew.
- There let the pealing organ blow.
- (intransitive, of a cetacean) To exhale visibly through the spout the seawater which it has taken in while feeding.
- There's nothing more thrilling to the whale watcher than to see a whale surface and blow.
- There she blows! (i.e. "I see a whale spouting!")
- (intransitive) To explode.
- Get away from that burning gas tank! It's about to blow!
- (transitive, with "up" or with prep phrase headed by "to") To cause to explode, shatter, or be utterly destroyed.
- The demolition squad neatly blew the old hotel up.
- The aerosol can was blown to bits.
- (transitive) To cause sudden destruction of.
- He blew the tires and the engine.
- (intransitive) To suddenly fail destructively.
- He tried to sprint, but his ligaments blew and he was barely able to walk to the finish line.
- (intransitive, slang) To be very undesirable. (See also suck.)
- This blows!
- (transitive, slang) To recklessly squander.
- I managed to blow $1000 at blackjack in under an hour.
- I blew $35 thou on a car.
- We blew an opportunity to get benign corporate sponsorship.
- (transitive, vulgar) To fellate; to perform oral sex on (usually a man)
- Who did you have to blow to get those backstage passes?
- (transitive, slang) To leave.
- Let's blow this joint.
- To make flyblown, to defile, especially with fly eggs.
- 1606, William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, Act V, scene 2, line 55.
- 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 3 scene 1
- (obsolete) To spread by report; to publish; to disclose.
- Through the court his courtesy was blown.
- His language does his knowledge blow.
- (obsolete) To inflate, as with pride; to puff up.
- Look how imagination blows him.
- (intransitive) To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff.
- Here is Mistress Page at the door, sweating and blowing.
- (transitive) To put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue.
- to blow a horse
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
- (obsolete) To talk loudly; to boast; to storm.
- You blow behind my back, but dare not say anything to my face.
- (slang, informal, African American Vernacular) To sing
- That girl has a wonderful voice; just listen to her blow!
- (Scientology, intransitive) To leave the Church of Scientology in an unauthorized manner.
- blow a gasket
- blow a kiss
- blow apart
- blow away
- blow down
- blow hot and cold
- blow it
- blow it out one's ass
- blow me
- blow off
- blow off steam
- blow one's horn
- blow one's nose
- blow one's top
- blow one's trumpet
- blow out
- blow over
- blow someone out of the water
- blow someone's brains out
- blow someone's cover
- blow someone's mind
- blow someone's socks off
- blow the whistle
- blow up
- blow up in one's face
- blow upon
- suck and blow
- there she blows
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
blow (plural blows)
- A strong wind.
- We're having a bit of a blow this afternoon.
- (informal) A chance to catch one’s breath.
- The players were able to get a blow during the last timeout.
- (uncountable, US, slang) Cocaine.
- (uncountable, Britain, slang) Cannabis.
- (uncountable, US Chicago Regional, slang) Heroin.
- (cocaine): snow
From Middle English blo, bloo, from Old English blāw (“blue”), from Proto-Germanic *blēwaz (“blue, dark blue, grey, black”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlēw- (“yellow, blond, grey”). Cognate with Latin flavus (“yellow”). More at blue.
blow (plural blows)
- The act of striking or hitting.
- A sudden or forcible act or effort; an assault.
- T. Arnold
- A vigorous blow might win [Hanno's camp].
- T. Arnold
- A damaging occurrence.
- A further blow to the group came in 1917 when Thomson died while canoeing in Algonquin Park.
- a most poor man, made tame to fortune's blows
- 2011 April 15, Saj Chowdhury, “Norwich 2 - 1 Nott'm Forest”, in BBC Sport:
- Norwich returned to second in the Championship with victory over Nottingham Forest, whose promotion hopes were dealt another blow.
- To blossom; to cause to bloom or blossom.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 4 Scene 1
- 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 5
- How blows the citron grove.
- 1784, William Cowper, Tirocinium; or, A Review of Schools
- Boys are at best but pretty buds unblown,
- Whose scent and hues are rather guessed than known;
- 2015 January 26, Mark Diacono, “How to grow and cook cauliflower, 2015's trendiest veg: Tricky to grow, boring to boil ... so why is the outmoded cauliflower back at the culinary cutting edge? [print version: Cauliflower power, 24 January 2015, p. G3]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Gardening):
- Romanesco is slow to blow and more forgiving to grow than most cauliflowers, while being perhaps the most delicious and certainly the nuttiest-flavoured of the lot.
blow (plural blows)
- A mass or display of flowers; a yield.
- A display of anything brilliant or bright.
- A bloom, state of flowering.
- roses in full blow.
- Alternative form of