- A ball, traditionally made of wood, that is weighted or slightly flattened so as to roll with a bias, used in lawn bowling.
- A roll or throw of a ball in lawn bowling and other bowling games.
- bowls used with a sing. verb See lawn bowling.
- A revolving cylinder or drum in a machine.
verbbowled, bowl·ing, bowls
a. To participate in a game of bowling: I bowl every Thursday night in a league.
b. To throw or roll a ball in a game of bowling: It's your turn to bowl.
c. To hurl a cricket ball from one end of the pitch toward the batsman at the other, keeping the arm straight throughout the delivery.
- To move quickly and smoothly, especially by rolling: The sportscar bowled along through the countryside.
Phrasal Verbs: bowl out
- To throw or roll (a ball).
a. To make (a specified score) in bowling: placed first by bowling 237; bowled a strike in the first frame.
b. To perform (a specified amount, as a string or game) in bowling: She bowled eight frames before deciding to use a different ball.
- To move quickly and smoothly by or as if by rolling: bowled a tire from the garage.
- To meet or strike with or as if with the force of a rapidly rolling object: The swimmer was bowled over by the wave.
To retire (a batsman in cricket) with a bowled ball that knocks the bails off the wicket. bowl over
To take by surprise.To make a powerful impression on; overwhelm.
Origin of bowl
Middle English boule from
Old French from
Latin bulla round object
- A roughly hemispherical container used to hold, mix or present food, such as salad, fruit or soup, or other items.
- As much as is held by a bowl.
- You can’t have any more soup - you’ve had three bowls already.
- A haircut in which straight hair is cut at an even height around the edges, forming a bowl shape.
- A round crater (similar) in the ground.
- The part of a spoon that holds content, as opposed to the handle.
- a part of a pipe or bong packed with marijuana for smoking
- Let's smoke a bowl!
- (American football) a major game between leading teams in their respective leagues (i.e. Rose Bowl, Superbowl)
From Middle English bolle, from Old English bolla, bolle (“bowl, cup, pot, beaker, measure”), from Proto-Germanic *bullô, *bullǭ (“ball, round vessel, bowl”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhl-, from Proto-Indo-European *bhel- (“to blow, inflate, swell, bubble”). Cognate with North Frisian bol (“bun, bread roll”), Middle Low German bolle, bole (“round object”), Dutch bol (“ball, sphere, scoop, dot”), German Bolle (“bulb”), Danish bolle (“bowl, bread roll”), Icelandic bolli (“cup”).
- The ball rolled by players in the game of lawn bowls.
- The action of bowling a ball.
- (in the plural, but used with a singular verb) The game of bowls.
- (American football) an important annual game, such as the Orange Bowl, the Rose Bowl, or the Super Bowl
(third-person singular simple present bowls, present participle bowling, simple past and past participle bowled)
- To roll or throw (a ball) in the correct manner in cricket and similar games and sports.
- (intransitive) To throw the ball (in cricket and similar games and sports).
- To roll or carry smoothly on, or as on, wheels.
- We were bowled rapidly along the road.
- To pelt or strike with anything rolled.
From Middle English bowle, boule, from Old French boule (“ball”), from Latin bulla (“bubble, stud, round object”), from Proto-Indo-European *bōul- (“bubble, round object”). Cognate with Middle Low German poll (“head, top, summit”). More at poll.