bowl Definition

  • 1a round, deep dish or basin used for food or liquid
  • 2a wooden ball that is rolled in the game of bowls
  • 3the part of a spoon or pipe that holds something

Using bowl: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "bowl" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She served the soup in a large bowl.

  • Example

    He won the game of bowls by rolling his wooden ball closest to the target.

  • Example

    The spoon's bowl was filled with ice cream.

bowl Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using bowl

  • to be in the same situation or predicament as someone else


    We're all in the same bowl when it comes to dealing with this difficult client.

  • a bowl of cherries

    a situation or experience that is enjoyable or easy


    Life isn't always a bowl of cherries, but we should try to enjoy it anyway.

  • to have someone over a barrel (or bowl)

    to have someone in a vulnerable or helpless position


    The company had the workers over a barrel, forcing them to accept lower wages.

Phrases with bowl

  • a bowl used for holding fruit


    The fruit bowl was filled with apples, bananas, and oranges.

  • a bowl used for mixing ingredients together


    She used a mixing bowl to combine the flour and sugar.

  • the bowl-shaped part of a toilet where waste is collected


    He scrubbed the toilet bowl until it was sparkling clean.

Origins of bowl

from Old English 'bolla', meaning 'bowl, cup, pot'


Summary: bowl in Brief

The term 'bowl' [bohl] refers to a round, deep dish or basin used for food or liquid, a wooden ball used in the game of bowls, or the part of a spoon or pipe that holds something. It can be used in phrases like 'fruit bowl,' 'mixing bowl,' and 'toilet bowl.' Idioms like 'in the same bowl' and 'a bowl of cherries' convey shared situations and enjoyable experiences, while 'to have someone over a barrel (or bowl)' denotes a vulnerable position.

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