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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He left the gas on and nearly blew us all to kingdom come.
▪ The lifeguard blew his whistle.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Blow \Blow\ (bl[=o]), v. i. [imp. Blew (bl[=u]); p. p. Blown (bl[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. Blowing.] [OE. blowen, AS. bl[=o]wan to blossom; akin to OS. bl[=o]jan, D. bloeijen, OHG. pluojan, MHG. bl["u]ejen, G. bl["u]hen, L. florere to flourish, OIr. blath blossom. Cf. Blow to puff, Flourish.] To flower; to blossom; to bloom.

How blows the citron grove.


Blow \Blow\, v. i. [imp. Blew (bl[=u]); p. p. Blown (bl[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. Blowing.] [OE. blawen, blowen, AS. bl[=a]wan to blow, as wind; akin to OHG. pl[=a]jan, G. bl["a]hen, to blow up, swell, L. flare to blow, Gr. 'ekflai`nein to spout out, and to E. bladder, blast, inflate, etc., and perh. blow to bloom.]

  1. To produce a current of air; to move, as air, esp. to move rapidly or with power; as, the wind blows.

    Hark how it rains and blows !

  2. To send forth a forcible current of air, as from the mouth or from a pair of bellows.

  3. To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff.

    Here is Mistress Page at the door, sweating and blowing.

  4. To sound on being blown into, as a trumpet.

    There let the pealing organ blow.

  5. To spout water, etc., from the blowholes, as a whale.

  6. To be carried or moved by the wind; as, the dust blows in from the street.

    The grass blows from their graves to thy own.
    --M. Arnold.

  7. To talk loudly; to boast; to storm. [Colloq.]

    You blow behind my back, but dare not say anything to my face.

  8. To stop functioning due to a failure in an electrical circuit, especially on which breaks the circuit; sometimes used with out; -- used of light bulbs, electronic components, fuses; as, the dome light in the car blew out.

  9. To deflate by sudden loss of air; usually used with out; -- of inflatable tires. To blow hot and cold (a saying derived from a fable of [AE]sop's), to favor a thing at one time and treat it coldly at another; or to appear both to favor and to oppose. To blow off, to let steam escape through a passage provided for the purpose; as, the engine or steamer is blowing off. To blow out.

    1. To be driven out by the expansive force of a gas or vapor; as, a steam cock or valve sometimes blows out.

    2. To talk violently or abusively. [Low]

      To blow over, to pass away without effect; to cease, or be dissipated; as, the storm and the clouds have blown over.

      To blow up, to be torn to pieces and thrown into the air as by an explosion of powder or gas or the expansive force of steam; to burst; to explode; as, a powder mill or steam boiler blows up. ``The enemy's magazines blew up.''


Blew \Blew\, imp. of Blow.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English bleow, past tense of blow (v.1).


n. (obsolete form of blue English) vb. (en-simple past of: blow)

  1. n. a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon; "a blow on the head"

  2. an impact (as from a collision); "the bump threw him off the bicycle" [syn: bump]

  3. an unfortunate happening that hinders of impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating [syn: reverse, reversal, setback, black eye]

  4. an unpleasant or disappointing surprise; "it came as a shock to learn that he was injured" [syn: shock]

  5. a strong current of air; "the tree was bent almost double by the gust" [syn: gust, blast]

  6. street names for cocaine [syn: coke, nose candy, snow, C]

  7. forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth; "he gave his nose a loud blow"; "he blew out all the candles with a single puff" [syn: puff]

  8. [also: blown, blew]


See blow

  1. v. exhale hard; "blow on the soup to cool it down"

  2. be blowing or storming; "The wind blew from the West"

  3. free of obstruction by blowing air through; "blow one's nose"

  4. be in motion due to some air or water current; "The leaves were blowing in the wind"; "the boat drifted on the lake"; "The sailboat was adrift on the open sea"; "the shipwrecked boat drifted away from the shore" [syn: float, drift, be adrift]

  5. make a sound as if blown; "The whistle blew"

  6. shape by blowing; "Blow a glass vase"

  7. make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement" [syn: botch, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up]

  8. spend thoughtlessly; throw away; "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree" [syn: waste, squander] [ant: conserve]

  9. spend lavishly or wastefully on; "He blew a lot of money on his new home theater"

  10. sound by having air expelled through a tube; "The trumpets blew"

  11. play or sound a wind instrument; "She blew the horn"

  12. provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation [syn: fellate, go down on]

  13. cause air to go in, on, or through; "Blow my hair dry"

  14. cause to move by means of an air current; "The wind blew the leaves around in the yard"

  15. spout moist air from the blowhole; "The whales blew"

  16. leave; informal or rude; "shove off!"; "The children shoved along"; "Blow now!" [syn: shove off, shove along]

  17. lay eggs; "certain insects are said to blow"

  18. cause to be revealed and jeopardized; "The story blew their cover"; "The double agent was blown by the other side"

  19. show off [syn: boast, tout, swash, shoot a line, brag, gas, bluster, vaunt, gasconade]

  20. allow to regain its breath; "blow a horse"

  21. melt, break, or become otherwise unusable; "The lightbulbs blew out"; "The fuse blew" [syn: blow out, burn out]

  22. burst suddenly; "The tire blew"; "We blew a tire"

  23. [also: blown, blew]


"Blew" is the title of a song and EP released by American rock band Nirvana.

Blew (surname)

Blew is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Horace Blew (1873–1957), Welsh footballer
  • Russell Blew (born 1941), Australian Rules footballer
  • William John Blew (1808–1894), hymnist and translator

Usage examples of "blew".

The wind blew in and down the tower, billowing her hair all around her as the fire disappeared.

Flakes of ice blew about in the stiff breeze, masking his words and the frosty breath that uttered them.

A cold wind blew through her hair, chilling the sweat that had appeared at his words.

He opened the balcony doors and stepped outside, bracing himself against the outer wall as the shattering breeze blew through again, freezing his face and hands.

The wind blew gently here, and the breeze was warm, even in the depths of winter.

Small items blew off the dresser and nightstand, and the basket flew off the table, spilling its contents across the room.

The vine had grown misty, and now began to dissipate on the fresh breeze that blew through the glade with an icy sting.

A strand of hair blew into her eyes, and she brushed it back, looking up at the blackened shell of the single standing carillon tower, where the bitter wind blew wildly through the bells that had saved Navarne during the Sorbold assault.

The curtains snapped in the breeze as the wind blew in, filling her bedroom with the sweet scent of a warm winter night.

Except for the tiny surge of sunlight, the crowd was unaware of its passage, but Rhapsody could see it, and she blew a kiss skyward.

She blew him another kiss, then rode off into the inky blackness of the night, toward the light of the rising moon.

Rhapsody blew Grunthor a kiss, then turned to Oelendra for her answer.

After she blew her nose she told him the details of the intervening time, and what had happened with the demon.

The wind that blew around the rise of the swale on which she stood carried with it the smell of embers and the taste of a bitter Past made sweet again by hope.

But instead of it lovingly caressing her hair, the way it had in the quiet glen outside the hidden cave, it blew her tresses around her face with a confident strength.