Complete Definition of "blow"

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English

Etymology
OE. blawan "make an air current, sound a wind instrument" (past tense bleow, pp. blawen), from Proto-Germanic *blæ-anan, from Proto-Indo-European *bhle- "to swell, blow up".

Pronunciation
IPA|/blÉÊ/, /blÉÊ/
SAMPA|/'blOU/
audio|en-us-blow.ogg|Audio (US)
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ÉÊ|-ÉÊ

Verb
en-verb|blows|blowing|blew or (dialect) blowed|blown or (dialect) blowed

  1. intransitive To produce an air current

#*Quotations
#:Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow! -- King Lear

  1. intransitive To be propelled by an air current.

#:The leaves blow through the streets in the fall.

  1. intransitive To explode

#:Get away from that burning gas tank! It's about to blow!

  1. intransitive slang To be very undesirable (see also suck)

#:This blows!

  1. intransitive (of a cetacean) To exhale visibly through the spout the seawater it has taken in while feeding.

#:There's nothing more thrilling to the whale watcher than to see a whale surface and blow.
#:There she blows! (That is, "I see a whale spouting!")

  1. transitive To propel by an air current.

#:Blow the dust off that book and open it up.

  1. transitive To squander.

#:I managed to blow $1000 at blackjack in under an hour.

  1. transitive vulgar To fellate.

#:Who did you have to blow to get those backstage passes?

  1. transitive To create or shape by blowing; as, to blow bubbles, to blow glass
  2. transitive To play a musical instrument such as a horn or woodwind.

#:"He was blowing saxophone for me." Ike Turner, interview by Terri Gross, "Fresh Air", NPR, 1996.

  1. transitive To leave

#:Let's blow this joint.

Derived terms
blow a kiss
glassblower

Translations
trans-top|produce an air current
Chinese traditional/simplified: å¹, å¹ (chuÄ«)
Dutch: blazen
Português: assoprar
Finnish: puhaltaa
French: souffler
German: blasen, pusten, wehen
Hungarian: fúj
Japanese: å¹ã (ãµã, fuku)
Korean: ë¶ë¤ (bulda)
trans-mid
Kurdish: KUchar|ÙÙ
Russian: дÑÑÑ (dut') impf, дÑнÑÑÑ (dúnut') pf; ÑмоÑкаÑÑÑÑ (smorkát's'a) impf, ÑмоÑкнÑÑÑÑÑ (smorknút's'a) pf blow the nose
Slovene: pihati
Spanish: soplar
Vietnamese: thá»i; phù, phù phù (to blow on food)
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trans-top|be propelled by an air current <!--2-->
Chinese traditional/simplified: é¨é¢¨é£å, é¨é¢¨é£å (suí fÄng piÄo dòng)
Finnish: puhaltua
German: wehen
Korean: ë¶ë¦¬ë¤ (bullida)
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Vietnamese: bay
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trans-top|explode <!--3-->
Chinese tradtional/simplified: çç¸, çç¸ (bào zhà)
Português: explodir
Dutch: springen, ontploffen
Finnish: räjähtää
French: exploser
German: hochgehen, in die Luft gehen, explodieren
Hebrew: ××תפ×צץ (le'hitpotzetz)
trans-mid
Japanese: ççºãã (ã°ãã¯ã¤ãã, bakuhatsu-suru)
Korean: í°ì§ë¤ (teojida)
Russian: взÑÑваÑÑÑÑ ((vzryvát's'a) impf, взоÑваÑÑÑÑ (vzorvát's'a) pf, взлеÑаÑÑ Ð½Ð° воздÑÑ (vzletát' na vózduÏ) impf, взлеÑеÑÑ Ð½Ð° воздÑÑ (vzlet'ét' na vózduÏ) pf
Vietnamese: ná»
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trans-top|be very undesirable <!--4-->
Chinese traditional/simplified: æç ¸, æç ¸ (gÇo zá)
Finnish: olla syvä|syvältä
Korean: ì ê¸°ë (jegiral) (interjection)
trans-mid
Vietnamese: tẽn tò, tẽn, thẹn thò, thẹn
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trans-top|(of a cetacean) exhale visibly through the spout the seawater <!--5-->
Chinese tradtional/simplified: åæ°£, åæ°£ (chuÇn qì)
Dutch: spuiten
Finnish: suihkuttaa
Korean: ë¿ë¤ (ppumda)
trans-mid
Vietnamese: phun nÆ°á»c
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trans-top|propel by an air current <!--6-->
Chinese traditional/simplified: å®èµ°, å®èµ° (guÄ zÇu)
Dutch: blazen
Finnish: puhaltaa
German: blasen, wegblasen, fortblasen, hinfortblasen, pusten, wegpusten
Korean: ë¶ë¤ (bulda)
trans-mid
Russian: ÑдÑваÑÑ (sduvát') impf, ÑдÑÑÑ (sdut') pf
Vietnamese: thá», thá»i
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trans-top|squander <!--7-->
Chinese tradtional/simplified: 浪費, 浪費 (làng fèi)
Finnish: tuhlata, törsätä
Korean: ë ë¦¬ë¤ (nallida)
trans-mid
Russian: пÑодÑваÑÑ (produvát') impf, пÑодÑÑÑ (prodút') pf
Vietnamese: xài phí, phung phí
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trans-top|fellate <!--8-->
Catalan: llepar
Dutch: pijpen
Finnish: ottaa suu|suihin
French: sucer, tailler une pipe
Korean: ììë¨ë¤ (ayang-tteolda)
Polish: robiÄ loda, lizaÄ paÅÄ, obciÄgaÄ loda, obciÄgaÄ fiuta, obciÄgaÄ chuja
trans-mid
Russian: ÑоÑаÑÑ (sosát') impf, оÑÑоÑаÑÑ (otsosát') pf
Serbian:
:*Cyrillic: пÑÑиÑи
:*Roman: pušiti
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trans-top|create or shape by blowing <!--9-->
Chinese traditional/simplified: å¹æ°£, å¹æ°£ (chuÄ« qì)
Dutch: blazen
Finnish: puhaltaa
Hebrew: ×× ×¤× (le'nape'akh)
trans-mid
Korean: ë¶ë¤ (bulda)
Russian: вÑдÑваÑÑ (vyduvát') impf, вÑдÑÑÑ (výdut') pf
Vietnamese: thá»i
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trans-top|leave <!--10-->
Chinese traditional/simplified: é¢é, é¢é (lí kÄi)
Finnish: häipyä
Korean: ê·¸ë§ëë¤ (geuman-duda)
trans-mid
Vietnamese: bá» Äi, chuá»n
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intransitive meanings
ttbc|Esperanto: blovi
ttbc|Indonesian: tiup|meniup, ledak|meledakkan
ttbc|Telugu: à°à°¦à± (oodu), à°à±à°à±à°à±à°à±à°¨à°¿à°ªà±à°µà± (koTTukonipOvu), à°µà±à°à± (veecu)
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Noun
en-noun

  1. The act of striking or hitting. <!--1-->

#:A fabricator is used to direct a sharp blow to the surface of the stone.
#:During an exchange to end round 13, Duran landed a blow to the mid-section.

  1. An unfortunate occurrence. <!--2-->

#:A further blow to the group came in 1917 when Thomson died while canoeing in Algonquin Park.

  1. slang (uncountable) cocaine <!--3-->
  2. A strong wind. <!--4-->

#:We're having a bit of a blow this afternoon.

  1. colloquial A chance to catch oneâs breath. <!--5-->

#:The players were able to get a bit of a blow during the last timeout.

Translations
trans-top| act of striking or hitting
Dutch: slag m
Finnish: isku
French: coup m
German: Schlag m
trans-mid
Italian: botta f
Russian: ÑÐ´Ð°Ñ (udár) m
Telugu: à°¦à±à°¬à±à°¬
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trans-top|unfortunate occurrence
Dutch: slag m, tegenslag m
Finnish: takaisku
German: Rückschlag m
trans-mid
Russian: ÑÐ´Ð°Ñ (udár) m
Telugu: à°¦à±à°¬à±à°¬ (2)
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trans-top|cocaine
See: cocaine
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trans-top|strong wind
Finnish: puhuri, kova tuuli
German: Böe f
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trans-top|chance to catch oneâs breath
Finnish: hengähdystauko, henki|henkeä
trans-mid
Russian: пеÑедÑÑка (p'er'edýška) f
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ttbc|Esperanto: bato, frapo
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Related terms

blow away
blow job
blow off
blow up
blowup
blow out
blowout
mid
blowhard
body blow
low blow
blow-by-blow
blower
blow it

Anagrams
bowl

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