Variant of 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
to pass waste matter from the large intestine; defecate