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bowels

[ bou-uh l, boul ]SEE DEFINITION OF bowels

Synonyms for bowels

  • belly
  • core
  • deep
  • depths
  • entrails
  • guts
  • hold
  • innards
  • interior
  • intestines
  • penetralia
  • recesses
  • viscera
  • vitals
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Antonyms for bowels

  • exterior
  • exteriority
  • outside
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BOWELS

I wish the Admiralty had my complaint: but they have no bowels, at least for me.

If the cramp attack the stomach or bowels, it is attended with considerable danger: medicine may relieve but cannot cure.

There should be at least one good movement of the bowels each day.

Undoubtedly, things were happening deep in the bowels of Hydrot.

Jones, shoving the girl into its bowels, added: "I was happier when he was jugged."

But hunger will whet his appetite for anything that his bowels can digest.

He defends his life, and if he should be in the bowels of the earth I will find him.

Costiveness of the bowels, if not counteracted, may end in serious consequences.

The gun was discharged into the bowels of the unfortunate chieftain.

If corporations really have no bowels, governments can not be looked to for nerves.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Old French boele "intestines, bowels, innards" (12c., Modern French boyau), from Medieval Latin botellus "small intestine," originally "sausage," diminutive of botulus "sausage," a word borrowed from Oscan-Umbrian, from PIE *gwet-/*geut- "intestine" (cf. Latin guttur "throat," Old English cwið, Gothic qiþus "belly, womb," German kutteln "guts, chitterlings").

Greek splankhnon (from the same PIE root as spleen) was a word for the principal internal organs, which also were felt in ancient times to be the seat of various emotions. Greek poets, from Aeschylus down, regarded the bowels as the seat of the more violent passions such as anger and love, but by the Hebrews they were seen as the seat of tender affections, especially kindness, benevolence, and compassion. Splankhnon was used in Septuagint to translate a Hebrew word, and from thence early Bibles in English rendered it in its literal sense as bowels, which thus acquired in English a secondary meaning of "pity, compassion" (late 14c.). But in later editions the word often was translated as heart. Bowel movement is attested by 1874.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BOWELS

abdomen

nounthe stomach and area directly below in an animate being

gut

nounstomach and abdomen
  • belly
  • bowels
  • duodenum
  • entrails
  • innards
  • intestines
  • paunch
  • tripes
  • tummy
  • venter
  • viscera
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