Meaning of BLOW in English


I. ˈblō verb

( blew ˈblü ; or dialect blowed ˈblōd ; blown ˈblōn ; or dialect blowed ; blowing ; blows )

Etymology: Middle English blowen, from Old English blāwan; akin to Old High German blāen to blow, inflate, Latin flare to blow, follis bellows, Greek phallos penis, Sanskrit bhāṇḍa pot; basic meaning: to swell

intransitive verb

1. of air or air currents : to move with speed or force

the wind blew in gusts

— often used with it as an impersonal nominative

let it blow , we're snug and warm


a. : to produce a current of air (as by expelling it forcibly from the lungs through the mouth)

never blow on your soup to cool it

b. : to drive air or other gas

the fan is blowing on my neck

c. : to escape (as of natural gas or oil) from a region of high pressure


a. : to make a sound by or as if by blowing : hiss , whistle , toot

the train blew for the crossing

b. : to play a wind instrument ; also slang : to play jazz on any instrument

c. of a wind instrument : sound

there let the pealing organ blow — John Milton

d. of an animal : snort

the horse stood stamping and blowing restlessly in the cold


a. : to talk emptily : boast

he kept us awake half the night blowing about his family

b. : storm , bluster , fulminate ; also : to be or become enraged : blow up

when he heard what they had done he really blew


a. : to breathe hard or rapidly : pant , puff , gasp

my, those stairs make me blow

b. of whales and other cetaceans : to eject moisture-laden air from the lungs through the blowhole

6. obsolete , of flies : to lay eggs


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

the echo of a lost world blows through her sparkling prose — Beatrice Washburn

the soil is blowing badly all along the hedge

b. : to flutter, billow, or flap in a current of air

curtains blowing out the open window

: be carried by the wind

the kite blew away

8. : to be damaged in a manner involving swelling or expansion:

a. : to become destroyed by explosion : explode

if this old blunderbuss doesn't blow we may have duck for dinner

b. of cement : to swell and crack due to imperfect preparation and curing

c. of foods : to become swollen by the products of abnormal fermentation

certain bacteria cause cheeses to blow

d. of an electrical fuse : to melt when overloaded

an overloaded outlet often causes fuses to blow

e. of a pneumatic tire : to release its air through a spontaneous rupture : blow out

f. of pottery : to blow apart from too rapid heating in the kiln

g. of paper : to blister especially from air entrapped between the wet sheet and the felt or from too sudden drying on the cylinder ; also of paperboard : to blister from air entrapped between two piles

9. slang : to move off : clear out : depart

blow now, nobody wants the likes of you around here

10. of a horse or mule : to pause for breath

let the mare blow at the end of the furrow

transitive verb


a. : to drive (gas or vapor) from a region of greater to a region of lower pressure

use the bellows to blow air on the forge

specifically : to eject (breathed air) from the lungs during normal or forced exhalation

don't blow your breath in my face

b. : to set (gas or vapor) in motion (as by the action of a fan)

the fan blew the hot air about our heads

c. : to force a current of gas or vapor upon, through, or into, usually to produce a particular effect (as of warming, cooling, drying)

come on out, let the breeze blow your hair dry

blow the fire into a good blaze

oil being blown with air and oxygen


(1) : to force air through (molten metal) to refine (as in a Bessemer or other converter)

(2) : to force air into (a blast furnace) to support the combustion of coke


a. : to play on (a wind instrument) ; also slang : to play jazz on (any instrument)

b. : to sound a signal for (as an assault or retreat) on a wind instrument

c. : to sound (as a note or blast) on or with a wind instrument

d. of a wind instrument : sound

e. : to direct (hunting dogs) with the sound of a horn

f. : to play (jazz) on an instrument


a. : to spread by report : noise abroad : make public : disclose

through the court his courtesy was blown — John Dryden

— now usually used with about or abroad

they have blown all sorts of silly rumors about

b. obsolete : to give utterance to : utter — used especially of emotional expression

c. archaic : to inform against (a person) or inform a person of (as an act or secret) : betray — formerly used with up; now only in the phrase blow the gaff

d. : darn , damn , blast

blow it, my watch has stopped

often : pay no attention to : put aside from consideration : ignore , disregard

blow the expense

risk be blowed


a. : to drive, activate, or act upon with a current of gas or vapor

the storm blew the boat aground

b. : to clear of contents by the passage of such a current:

(1) : to free (the nose) of mucus and debris by forcible exhalation

(2) : to empty (an egg) by forcing out the contents through one small hole with a current of air introduced through another small hole

(3) : to expel (the contents of a wood-pulp digester) by relief of pressure at the completion of a cook


a. : to distend with or as if with gas : blow up : bloat

his face blown out like a bladder

small boys blowing their balloons

b. obsolete : to puff up with pride

look how imagination blows him — Shakespeare

c. : to expand and shape (glass) by the action of injected air

d. : to produce or shape (as a glass vessel) by the action of blown or injected air

blowing iridescent soap bubbles

the wind blew a hollow on the edge of the dune

6. of insects : to deposit eggs or larvae on or in — now used only of blowflies and flesh flies

wounds blown by flies often healed faster than supposedly clean wounds

7. : to shatter, burst, or destroy by explosion — used commonly with out, in, or up

be ready to charge when we blow in the gate

or with phrases expressing degree of damage

they were blown to bits


a. : to put out of breath : cause to pant with fatigue

take it easy on the hills or you'll blow your horse

b. : to let (as a horse) pause to catch the breath — often used with out

c. of a saddle horse : to keep the chest of expanded by holding the breath while being girthed — used with out

the stud frequently blew himself out


a. : to spend (money) recklessly or extravagantly : squander

he blew his pay at the gambling tables

b. : to treat with unusual or lavish expenditure — used with to

come on, I'll blow you to a steak

I may live on beans for a month, but I'm going to blow myself to a really good handbag now

10. : to cause (a fuse) to blow

11. : to rupture (as a seal or cover) by too much pressure

the engine blew a head gasket

12. slang : to lose control of (a winning position) : toss away : misplay , muff

two chances to win and he blew them both

blow an easy putt

13. : to leave especially hurriedly

he blew town after running up huge bills

- blow a fuse

- blow great guns

- blow hot and cold

- blow into

- blow one's horn

- blow one's lines

- blow one's top

- blow the lid

- blow the whistle

- blow upon

II. noun

( -s )

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

recurrent blows sweep the coastal islands bare

2. : the act of certain insects of depositing eggs or larvae ; sometimes : a larva so deposited (as in a wound) — used chiefly of blowflies and flesh flies


a. : boasting, brag

b. slang : boaster


a. : an act or instance of forcing air through or from some instrument

give the fire a blow with the bellows

a single loud blow of his horn

b. : forcible ejection of air from the body (as in freeing the nose of mucus and debris)

Junior, give your nose a good blow before we start

5. : the spouting of a whale


a. : a short rest : breathing spell , breather

b. : a brief stop (of a horse) for rest


a. : parison

b. : the vacuity in the stem of certain blown-glass vessels

8. : huff 5

9. slang : a social affair ; especially : blowout , binge , spree

10. : bloat 2 — usually plural but sing. or plural in constr.


a. : a leak in the packing of a valve or cylinder (as of a steam locomotive)

b. : the failure of a cofferdam or dike causing a sudden inrush of water through or under the structure

12. : blowhole


a. : the period in the manufacture of water gas in which a blast of air is admitted to the ignited fuel bed for heating the bed by combustion before the run

b. : the blowing of gas from an open well


(1) : the blast of air forced through molten metal to refine it (as in a Bessemer or other converter)

(2) : the time during which air is being forced through molten metal to refine it

(3) : the quantity of metal refined during that time

III. verb

( blew ; blown or obs blowe ; blowing ; blows )

Etymology: Middle English blowen, from Old English blōwan; akin to Old High German bluoen to bloom, Latin florēre to bloom, flos flower, folium leaf, Greek phyllon

intransitive verb

: flower , blossom , bloom

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows — Shakespeare

transitive verb

1. archaic : to cause to blossom

2. obsolete : to put forth (blossoms or flowers)

banks that blow flowers — John Milton

IV. noun

( -s )


a. : a display of flowers

the south border made a fine blow this spring

b. : bloom II 1b — used chiefly in the phrases in blow, in full blow

the old lilac by the fence is in full blow

c. archaic : an individual flower

2. : full and perfect development : bloom II 2b


a. : blossom 4

b. : blowout 8

V. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English (northern dialect) blaw; perhaps akin to Old High German bliuwan to beat, Old Norse blegthi wedge, Gothic bliggwan to beat, Old English bealu evil — more at bale


a. : a forcible stroke delivered with a part of the body (as the fist or head) or with an instrument (as a hammer) : buffet , punch , slap

b. Australia : a single stroke in shearing sheep

c. slang : base hit

2. : a hostile act or state : combat , fighting — usually used in plural and used especially in the phrase come to blows

nations like small boys have come to blows over the most trivial issues

3. : a forcible, determined, or sudden and unexpected act or effort : impact , assault

such a language … would solve many of his … difficulties at a single blow — Edward Sapir

shall we not support the downtrodden in their blow for freedom

4. : a severe and usually sudden misfortune or calamity

hail at this season was like a blow from heaven

: something that suddenly or unexpectedly produces mental, physical, or financial suffering or loss

the loss of her husband was a blow from which she never recovered

5. sports : misplay ; specifically : failure to bowl a spare when no split exists

- at a blow

VI. transitive verb

1. : fellate herein — usually considered vulgar

2. : smoke

a few had started blowing grass in their early teens — Daniel Greene

3. : to defeat decisively

has simply blown competitors from the field — Roger Sale

4. : to move quickly

blow past him in the final yards

- blow one's cool

- blow one's cover

- blow one's mind

- blow out of the water

VII. noun

Etymology: perhaps from blow (V)

slang : cocaine

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