Meaning of BLOW in English


I. ˈblō verb

( blew ˈblü ; blown ˈblōn ; blow·ing )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English blāwan; akin to Old High German blāen to blow, Latin flare, Greek phallos penis

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb


a. of air

(1) : to be in motion

a breeze blew gently

(2) : to move with speed or force

the wind was blow ing

b. : to move or run quickly

the linebacker blew past the tackle

2. : to send forth a current of air or other gas

don't blow on your soup


a. : to make a sound by or as if by blowing

b. of a wind instrument : sound


a. : boast

b. : to talk windily


a. : pant , gasp

the horse blew heavily

b. of a cetacean : to eject moisture-laden air from the lungs through the blowhole

6. : to move or be carried by or as if by wind

just blew into town


a. : erupt , explode

b. of an electric fuse : to melt when overloaded — often used with out

c. of a tire : to release the contained air through a spontaneous rupture — usually used with out

transitive verb


a. : to set (gas or vapor) in motion

the fan blew hot air on us

b. : to act on with a current of gas or vapor

the breeze blew my hair dry


a. : to play or sound on (a wind instrument)

b. : to play (as a note) on a wind instrument


a. : to spread by report

b. past participle blowed ˈblōd : damn

blow the expense


a. : to drive with a current of gas or vapor

the storm blew the boat off course

b. : to clear of contents by forcible passage of a current of air

blow your nose

c. : to project (a gesture or sound made with the mouth) by blowing

blew him a kiss


a. : to distend with or as if with gas

b. : to produce or shape by the action of blown or injected air

blow ing bubbles

6. of insects : to deposit eggs or larvae on or in

7. : to shatter, burst, or destroy by explosion

blow the safe open


a. : to put out of breath with exertion

b. : to let (as a horse) pause to catch the breath


a. : to expend (as money) extravagantly

b. : to treat with unusual expenditure

I'll blow you to a steak

10. : to cause (a fuse) to blow

11. : to rupture by too much pressure

blow a seal


a. : botch 1

blew her lines

b. : to fail to keep or hold

they blew a big lead

13. : to leave hurriedly

blew town

14. : to propel with great force or speed

blew a fastball by the batter

- blow a gasket

- blow hot and cold

- blow off steam

- blow one's cool

- blow one's cover

- blow one's mind

- blow one's top

- blow smoke

- blow the whistle

II. noun

Date: 1651

1. : a blowing of wind especially when strong or violent

2. : brag , boasting

3. : an act or instance of blowing


a. : the time during which air is forced through molten metal to refine it

b. : the quantity of metal refined during that time

5. slang : cocaine

III. intransitive verb

( blew ˈblü ; blown ˈblōn ; blow·ing )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English blōwan; akin to Old High German bluoen to bloom, Latin florēre to bloom, flor-, flos flower

Date: before 12th century

: flower , bloom

IV. noun

Date: 1710

1. : blossoms

2. : bloom II,1b

lilacs in full blow

V. noun

Etymology: Middle English (northern dialect) blaw; probably akin to Old High German bliuwan to beat

Date: 15th century

1. : a forcible stroke delivered with a part of the body or with an instrument

2. : a hostile act or state : combat

come to blow s

3. : a forcible or sudden act or effort : assault

4. : an unfortunate or calamitous happening

failure to land the job came as a blow

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