- 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.
- the interior or inner part: the bowels of the mountain
- 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
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”).