past tense: billowed; past participle: billowed

  1. (of fabric) fill with air and swell outward.

“her dress billowed out around her”

synonyms: puff up/out, balloon (out), swell, fill (out), belly out

“her dress billowed around her”

  • (of smoke, cloud, or steam) move or flow outward with an undulating motion.

“smoke was billowing from the chimney”


I found this word during my reading of the Boston Photograph. I had no idea of what this word was or meant until I looked up the definition. This word basically means to move outward and fill up. For example like that picture of Marilyn Monroe when she’s holding her dress down while air fills up her dress.

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