- an intestine, esp. of a human being; gut: usually used in pl.
- [pl.] the interior or inner part: the bowels of the mountain
- [pl.]Archaic the inside of the body, regarded as the source of pity, tenderness, etc.; hence, tender emotions
Origin of bowelMiddle English bouel from boele from Old French buele from Medieval Latin botellum, intestine from Classical Latin botellus, diminutive of botulus, sausage, via Oscan or Umbrian from Indo-European base an unverified form gwet-, a swelling from source Old English cwitha, womb
transitive verb-·eled or -·elled, -·el·ing or -·el·ling
move one's bowels