What does blow mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word blow.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. blow(noun)

    a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

    "a blow on the head"

  2. blow, bump(noun)

    an impact (as from a collision)

    "the bump threw him off the bicycle"

  3. reverse, reversal, setback, blow, black eye(noun)

    an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating

  4. shock, blow(noun)

    an unpleasant or disappointing surprise

    "it came as a shock to learn that he was injured"

  5. gust, blast, blow(noun)

    a strong current of air

    "the tree was bent almost double by the gust"

  6. coke, blow, nose candy, snow, C(noun)

    street names for cocaine

  7. blow, puff(verb)

    forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth

    "he gave his nose a loud blow"; "he blew out all the candles with a single puff"

  8. blow(verb)

    exhale hard

    "blow on the soup to cool it down"

  9. blow(verb)

    be blowing or storming

    "The wind blew from the West"

  10. blow(verb)

    free of obstruction by blowing air through

    "blow one's nose"

  11. float, drift, be adrift, blow(verb)

    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"

  12. blow(verb)

    make a sound as if blown

    "The whistle blew"

  13. blow(verb)

    shape by blowing

    "Blow a glass vase"

  14. botch, bodge, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, 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(verb)

    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"

  15. waste, blow, squander(verb)

    spend thoughtlessly; throw away

    "He wasted his inheritance on his insincere friends"; "You squandered the opportunity to get and advanced degree"

  16. blow(verb)

    spend lavishly or wastefully on

    "He blew a lot of money on his new home theater"

  17. blow(verb)

    sound by having air expelled through a tube

    "The trumpets blew"

  18. blow(verb)

    play or sound a wind instrument

    "She blew the horn"

  19. fellate, suck, blow, go down on(verb)

    provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation

  20. blow(verb)

    cause air to go in, on, or through

    "Blow my hair dry"

  21. blow(verb)

    cause to move by means of an air current

    "The wind blew the leaves around in the yard"

  22. blow(verb)

    spout moist air from the blowhole

    "The whales blew"

  23. shove off, shove along, blow(verb)

    leave; informal or rude

    "shove off!"; "The children shoved along"; "Blow now!"

  24. blow(verb)

    lay eggs

    "certain insects are said to blow"

  25. blow(verb)

    cause to be revealed and jeopardized

    "The story blew their cover"; "The double agent was blown by the other side"

  26. boast, tout, swash, shoot a line, brag, gas, blow, bluster, vaunt, gasconade(verb)

    show off

  27. blow(verb)

    allow to regain its breath

    "blow a horse"

  28. blow out, burn out, blow(verb)

    melt, break, or become otherwise unusable

    "The lightbulbs blew out"; "The fuse blew"

  29. blow(verb)

    burst suddenly

    "The tire blew"; "We blew a tire"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blow(verb)

    to flower; to blossom; to bloom

  2. Blow(verb)

    to cause to blossom; to put forth (blossoms or flowers)

  3. Blow(noun)

    a blossom; a flower; also, a state of blossoming; a mass of blossoms

  4. Blow(noun)

    a forcible stroke with the hand, fist, or some instrument, as a rod, a club, an ax, or a sword

  5. Blow(noun)

    a sudden or forcible act or effort; an assault

  6. Blow(noun)

    the infliction of evil; a sudden calamity; something which produces mental, physical, or financial suffering or loss (esp. when sudden); a buffet

  7. Blow(verb)

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

  8. Blow(verb)

    to send forth a forcible current of air, as from the mouth or from a pair of bellows

  9. Blow(verb)

    to breathe hard or quick; to pant; to puff

  10. Blow(verb)

    to sound on being blown into, as a trumpet

  11. Blow(verb)

    to spout water, etc., from the blowholes, as a whale

  12. Blow(verb)

    to be carried or moved by the wind; as, the dust blows in from the street

  13. Blow(verb)

    to talk loudly; to boast; to storm

  14. Blow(verb)

    to force a current of air upon with the mouth, or by other means; as, to blow the fire

  15. Blow(verb)

    to drive by a current air; to impel; as, the tempest blew the ship ashore

  16. Blow(verb)

    to cause air to pass through by the action of the mouth, or otherwise; to cause to sound, as a wind instrument; as, to blow a trumpet; to blow an organ

  17. Blow(verb)

    to clear of contents by forcing air through; as, to blow an egg; to blow one's nose

  18. Blow(verb)

    to burst, shatter, or destroy by an explosion; -- usually with up, down, open, or similar adverb; as, to blow up a building

  19. Blow(verb)

    to spread by report; to publish; to disclose

  20. Blow(verb)

    to form by inflation; to swell by injecting air; as, to blow bubbles; to blow glass

  21. Blow(verb)

    to inflate, as with pride; to puff up

  22. Blow(verb)

    to put out of breath; to cause to blow from fatigue; as, to blow a horse

  23. Blow(verb)

    to deposit eggs or larvae upon, or in (meat, etc.)

  24. Blow(noun)

    a blowing, esp., a violent blowing of the wind; a gale; as, a heavy blow came on, and the ship put back to port

  25. Blow(noun)

    the act of forcing air from the mouth, or through or from some instrument; as, to give a hard blow on a whistle or horn; to give the fire a blow with the bellows

  26. Blow(noun)

    the spouting of a whale

  27. Blow(noun)

    a single heat or operation of the Bessemer converter

  28. Blow(noun)

    an egg, or a larva, deposited by a fly on or in flesh, or the act of depositing it


  1. Blow

    Blow is a 2001 American biopic about the American cocaine smuggler George Jung, directed by Ted Demme. David McKenna and Nick Cassavetes adapted Bruce Porter's 1993 book Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All for the screenplay. It is based on the real life stories of George Jung, Pablo Escobar, Carlos Lehder Rivas, and the Medellín Cartel. The film's title comes from a slang term for cocaine.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Blow

    blō, n. a stroke or knock: a sudden misfortune or calamity.—At a blow, by a single action, suddenly; To come to blows, To exchange blows, to come to hostilities; Without striking a blow, without a struggle. [A.S. bléowan is doubtful, cog. with Dut. blouwen, to dress (beat) flax, Ger. blāuen, to beat hard. The noun appears in the 15th century without evidence of parentage.]

  2. Blow

    blō, v.i. to bloom or blossom:—pr.p. blōw′ing; pa.p. blōwn. [A.S. blówan; Ger. blühen. See Bloom, Blossom.]

  3. Blow

    blō, v.i. to produce a current of air: to move, as air or the wind.—v.t. to drive air upon or into: to drive by a current of air, as 'to blow away, down,' &c.: to sound, as a wind-instrument: to breathe hard or with difficulty: to spout, as whales: (prov.) to boast: to spread by report: to fan or kindle:—pa.t. blew (blōō); pa.p. blown (blōn).—ns. Blow′-ball, the downy head of a dandelion in seed; Blow′er, a metal plate put upon the upper part of a fireplace, so as to increase the draught through the fire: a machine for driving a blast of air, as into a furnace; Blow′-fly, or Flesh-fly, an insect of the order Diptera, and of the large family Muscidæ, to which the common house-fly and blue-bottle belong.—p.adj. Blown, out of breath, tired: swelled: stale, worthless.—n. Blow′pipe, a pipe through which a current of air is blown on a flame, to increase its heat: a kind of weapon much used by some of the Indian tribes of South America both in hunting and war, consisting of a long straight tube in which a small poisoned arrow is placed, and forcibly expelled by the breath.—adj. Blow′y.—To blow hot and cold, to be favourable and unfavourable by turns, to be irresolute; To blow off (steam, &c.), to allow to escape, to escape forcibly; To blow one's own trumpet, to sound one's own praises; To blow over, to pass away, to subside, as a danger or a scandal; To blow up, to shatter or destroy by explosion: to scold; To blow upon, to take the bloom, freshness, or the interest off anything, to bring into discredit: to inform upon. [A.S. bláwan; Ger. blähen, blasen; L. flare.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'blow' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4555

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'blow' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2596

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'blow' in Nouns Frequency: #1612

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'blow' in Verbs Frequency: #400


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blow in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ignacio Labaqui:

    This is a major blow.

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    Madam Secretary, that is a low blow.

  3. Former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman:

    The court has suffered a terrible blow.

  4. Vadim Zelichenok:

    It was intended to divert the blow from themselves.

  5. Sid Johnson:

    If they put a border up, the dissidents will blow it up.

Images & Illustrations of blow

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Translations for blow

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • نفخArabic
  • веяць, дзьмуць, дуцьBelarusian
  • взривявам се, духам, удар, експлодирам, веяBulgarian
  • llepar, bufarCatalan, Valencian
  • foukat, vát, vanoutCzech
  • blæse, pusteDanish
  • blasen, Rückschlag, pusten, gehen, fortblasen, wehen, wegpusten, hochgehen, hinfortblasen, wegblasen, Böe, Schlag, explodierenGerman
  • φυσώGreek
  • bato, frapoEsperanto
  • arruinar, soplar, largar, golpe, mamar, cagar, reventar, chupar, apestar, irSpanish
  • ساک زدنPersian
  • puhaltaa, lennähtää, hengähdystauko, takaisku, palaa, rikkoutua, häipyä, törsätä, lennellä, särkeä, räjäyttää, [[olla]] [[syvä, ottaa suihin, puhuri, isku, polttaa, soida, tuhlata, rikkoa, soittaa, räjähtää, särkyä, suihkuttaa, lentää, loisto, kukkaloisto, kukintaFinnish
  • coup, voiles, flamber, souffler, chier, sucer, sauter, tirer, nul, exploser, se casser, jouer, claquer, pipeFrench
  • séidIrish
  • bualadh, sèid, beum, builleScottish Gaelic
  • soprarGalician
  • התפוצץ, ניפחHebrew
  • fúj, csapásHungarian
  • հարված, պայթել, ծծել, փչելArmenian
  • pukulanIndonesian
  • frapoIdo
  • ventata, botta, soffiare, folata, colpoItalian
  • 爆発, 吹くJapanese
  • 터지다, 불다, 날리다, 불리다, 그만두다, 아양떨다, 제기랄, 뿜다Korean
  • үйлөө, шамалдуу жел, күшүлдөө, жел чыгаруу, шишүү, айдоо, сокку, шамал үйлөөсү, желпилдетүү, көбүү, шамал соккусу, желбиретүү, желдөө, бышылдоо, желаргы сокку, шишип кетүү, айдап кийирүүKyrgyz
  • flo, suffloLatin
  • pūstiLithuanian
  • pūstLatvian
  • pipiha, pūawhe, taraweteMāori
  • пуши, дува, здив, удар, се распрснува, се вее, виор, дудлаMacedonian
  • tiup, hembusMalay
  • မှုတ်Burmese
  • slagNorwegian
  • waaien, tegenslag, slag, doorjagen, springen, blazen, ontploffen, spuiten, pijpenDutch
  • slagNorwegian Nynorsk
  • obciągać loda, robić loda, wiać, dmuchać, obciągać chuja, zdmuchnąć, dąć, obciągać fiuta, lizać pałęPolish
  • desgraça, assoprar, vazar, [[ser]] [[ruim]]/[[uma]] [[porcaria]], [[uma]] [[merda]], explodir, chupar, soprar, estourar, [[ser]] [[soprado]], ventania, golpe, sairPortuguese
  • wayray, phukuyQuechua
  • sofflar, sufflar, boffar, bufar, cuolp, zuflar, frida, zufler, freida, buffarRomansh
  • umfla, sufla, suflare, fluiera, furtună, lovitură, șuiera, cânta la un instrument, fi purtat, răsuflareRomanian
  • взрываться, веять, дунуть, сосать, выдувать, сдувать, продувать, взлетать на воздух, сморкаться, удар, сдуть, сморкнуться, взлететь на воздух, взорваться, повеять, подуть, передышка, отсосать, выдуть, дуть, продутьRussian
  • пушити, duvati, дувати, духати, pušiti, duhatiSerbo-Croatian
  • duť, vanúť, fúkaťSlovak
  • pihatiSlovene
  • suga av, blåsaSwedish
  • panchiSwahili
  • அடிTamil
  • దెబ్బTelugu
  • esmek, üflemekTurkish
  • віяти, дутиUkrainian
  • tẽn tò, nổ, thổi, bỏ đi, xài phí, thẹn thò, phù phù, bay, thẹn, thở, tẽn, phù, chuồn, phun nước, phung phíVietnamese
  • 打击Chinese

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