- 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
ME bouel < boele < OFr buele < ML botellum, intestine < L botellus, dim. of botulus, sausage, via Oscan or Umbrian < IE base *gwet-, a swelling > OE cwitha, womb
transitive verb boweled or bowelled, boweling or bowelling