- A tiny office in the basement of a building on a big campus is an example of an office in the bowels of the campus.
- The part of your intestines between your stomach and your anus is an example of your bowel.
- 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
- a. often bowels The intestine.b. A part or division of the intestine: the large bowel.
- bowels The interior of something: in the bowels of the ship.
- bowels Archaic The seat of pity or the gentler emotions.
Origin of bowelMiddle English from Old French boel from Latin botellus small intestine diminutive of botulus sausage
- (chiefly medicine) A part or division of the intestines, usually the large intestine.
- (in the plural) The entrails or intestines; the internal organs of the stomach.
- (in the plural) The (deep) interior of something.
- The treasures were stored in the bowels of the ship.
- (in the plural, archaic) The seat of pity or the gentler emotions; pity or mercy.
(third-person singular simple present bowels, present participle bowelling, simple past and past participle bowelled)
- (now rare) To disembowel.
From Middle French boel, from Latin botellus, diminutive of botulus (“sausage”).