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Blow
See also: Blow and b'low

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Etymology 1

From Middle English blowen, from Old English bl?wan ("to blow, breathe, inflate, sound"), from Proto-Germanic *bl?an? ("to blow") (compare German blähen), from Proto-Indo-European *b?leh?- ("to swell, blow up") (compare Latin fl? ("to blow") and Old Armenian (be?un, "fertile")).

Verb

blow (third-person singular simple present blows, present participle blowing, simple past blew, past participle blown)

  1. (intransitive) To produce an air current.
    • 1606, William Shakespeare, King Lear, act 3, scene 2:
      "Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!"
    • 1613, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, act 1, scene 1:
      "Blow till thou burst thy wind, if room enow!"
    • (Can we date this quote by Walton and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Hark how it rains and blows!
  2. (transitive) To propel by an air current.
    Blow the dust off that book and open it up.
  3. (intransitive) To be propelled by an air current.
    The leaves blow through the streets in the fall.
  4. (transitive) To create or shape by blowing; as in to blow bubbles, to blow glass.
  5. To force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other means.
    to blow the fire
  6. To clear of contents by forcing air through.
    to blow an egg
    to blow one's nose
  7. (transitive) To cause to make sound by blowing, as a musical instrument.
  8. (intransitive) To make a sound as the result of being blown.
    In the harbor, the ships' horns blew.
    • (Can we date this quote by Milton and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      There let the pealing organ blow.
  9. (intransitive, of a cetacean) To exhale visibly through the spout the seawater which 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! (i.e. "I see a whale spouting!")
  10. (intransitive) To explode.
    Get away from that burning gas tank! It's about to blow!
  11. (transitive, with "up" or with prep phrase headed by "to") To cause to explode, shatter, or be utterly destroyed.
    The demolition squad neatly blew the old hotel up.
    The aerosol can was blown to bits.
  12. (transitive) To cause sudden destruction of.
    He blew the tires and the engine.
  13. (intransitive) To suddenly fail destructively.
    He tried to sprint, but his ligaments blew and he was barely able to walk to the finish line.
  14. (intransitive, slang) To be very undesirable. (See also suck.)
    This blows!
  15. (transitive, slang) To recklessly squander.
    • 1932, Delos W. Lovelace, King Kong, published 1965, page 136:
      'Holy Mackerel, Ann! I'm certainly glad we blew ourselves for that outfit of yours.'
    I managed to blow $1000 at blackjack in under an hour.
    I blew $35 thou on a car.
    We blew an opportunity to get benign corporate sponsorship.
  16. (transitive, vulgar) To fellate; to perform oral sex on (usually a man)
    Who did you have to blow to get those backstage passes?
  17. (transitive, slang) To leave.
    Let's blow this joint.
  18. To make flyblown, to defile, especially with fly eggs.
    • 1606, William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, Act V, scene 2, line 55.
      Shall they hoist me up,
      And show me to the shouting varletry
      Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt
      Be gentle grave unto me, rather on Nilus' mud
      Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies
      Blow me into abhorring!
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 3 scene 1
      (FERDINAND)
      I am, in my condition,
      A prince, Miranda; I do think, a king;--
      I would not so!--and would no more endure
      This wooden slavery than to suffer
      The flesh-fly blow my mouth.
  19. (obsolete) To spread by report; to publish; to disclose.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Through the court his courtesy was blown.
    • (Can we date this quote by Whiting and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      His language does his knowledge blow.
  20. (obsolete) To inflate, as with pride; to puff up.
  21. (intransitive) To breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff.
  22. (transitive) To put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue.
    to blow a horse
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
  23. (obsolete) To talk loudly; to boast; to storm.
    • (Can we date this quote by Bartlett and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      You blow behind my back, but dare not say anything to my face.
  24. (slang, informal, African-American Vernacular) To sing
    That girl has a wonderful voice; just listen to her blow!
  25. (Scientology, intransitive) To leave the Church of Scientology in an unauthorized manner.
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Noun

blow (plural blows)

  1. A strong wind.
    We're having a bit of a blow this afternoon.
  2. (informal) A chance to catch one's breath.
    The players were able to get a blow during the last timeout.
  3. (uncountable, US, slang) Cocaine.
  4. (uncountable, Britain, slang) Cannabis.
  5. (uncountable, US Chicago Regional, slang) Heroin.
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Etymology 2

From Middle English blo, bloo, from Old English bl?w ("blue"), from Proto-Germanic *bl?waz ("blue, dark blue, grey, black"), from Proto-Indo-European *b?l?w- ("yellow, blond, grey"). Cognate with Latin flavus ("yellow"). More at blue.

Adjective

blow (comparative blower or more blow, superlative blowest or most blow)

  1. (now chiefly dialectal, Northern England) Blue.

Etymology 3

From Middle English blowe, blaw, northern variant of bl?we, from Proto-Germanic *blewwan? ("to beat") (compare Old Norse blegði ("wedge"), German bläuen, Middle Dutch blouwen). Related to block.

Noun

blow (plural blows)

  1. The act of striking or hitting.
    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 midsection.
    Synonyms: bace, strike, hit, punch
  2. A sudden or forcible act or effort; an assault.
    • (Can we date this quote by T. Arnold and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      A vigorous blow might win [Hanno's camp].
  3. A damaging occurrence.
    A further blow to the group came in 1917 when Thomson died while canoeing in Algonquin Park.
    • c. 1603-1606, William Shakespeare, "The Tragedie of King Lear", in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene vi]:
      a most poor man, made tame to fortune's blows
    • 2011 April 15, Saj Chowdhury, "Norwich 2 - 1 Nott'm Forest", in BBC Sport[1]:
      Norwich returned to second in the Championship with victory over Nottingham Forest, whose promotion hopes were dealt another blow.
    Synonyms: disaster, calamity
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Etymology 4

From Middle English blowen, from Old English bl?wan, from Proto-Germanic *bl?an? (compare Dutch bloeien, German blühen), from Proto-Indo-European *b?leh?- (compare Latin flor?re ("to bloom")).

Verb

blow (third-person singular simple present blows, present participle blowing, simple past blew, past participle blown)

  1. To blossom; to cause to bloom or blossom.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 4 Scene 1
      You seem to me as Dian in her orb,
      As chaste as is the bud ere it be blown;
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 5
      How blows the citron grove.
    • 1784, William Cowper, Tirocinium; or, A Review of Schools:
      Boys are at best but pretty buds unblown,
      Whose scent and hues are rather guessed than known;
    • 2015 January 26, Mark Diacono, "How to grow and cook cauliflower, 2015's trendiest veg: Tricky to grow, boring to boil ... so why is the outmoded cauliflower back at the culinary cutting edge? [print version: Cauliflower power, 24 January 2015, p. G3]", in The Daily Telegraph (Gardening)[2]:
      Romanesco is slow to blow and more forgiving to grow than most cauliflowers, while being perhaps the most delicious and certainly the nuttiest-flavoured of the lot.
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Noun

blow (plural blows)

  1. A mass or display of flowers; a yield.
    • 1710, Joseph Addison, "From my own apartment, August 29", in The Tatler[3], page 181:
      [...] for that he believed he could shew me such a blow of tulips as was not to be matched in the whole country.
  2. A display of anything brilliant or bright.
  3. A bloom, state of flowering.
    Roses in full blow.
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Middle English

Verb

blow

  1. Alternative form of blowen ("to blow")

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