bowl vs trough what difference

what is difference between bowl and trough



  • (UK) IPA(key): /bəʊɫ/, [bɔʊɫ]
  • (US) IPA(key): /boʊɫ/
  • Rhymes: -əʊl

Etymology 1

From Middle English bolle, from Old English bolla, bolle (bowl, cup, pot, beaker, measure), from Proto-West Germanic *bollā, from Proto-Germanic *bullǭ (ball, round vessel, bowl).

Cognate with North Frisian bol (bun, bread roll), Middle Low German bolle, bole (round object), Dutch bol (ball, sphere, scoop, dot), German Bolle (bulb), Danish bolle (bowl, bread roll), Icelandic bolli (cup).


bowl (plural bowls)

  1. A roughly hemispherical container used to hold, mix or present food, such as salad, fruit or soup, or other items.
  2. As much as is held by a bowl.
  3. A dish comprising a mix of different foods, not all of which need be cooked, served in a bowl.
  4. A haircut in which straight hair is cut at an even height around the edges, forming a bowl shape.
  5. The round hollow part of anything.
    Direct the cleaning fluid around the toilet bowl and under the rim.
    1. The part of a spoon that holds content, as opposed to the handle.
    2. A part of a pipe or bong packed with marijuana for smoking
      Let’s smoke a bowl!
    3. (typography) A rounded portion of a glyph that encloses empty space, as in the letters d and o.
  6. A round crater (or similar) in the ground.
  7. (sports, theater) An elliptical-shaped stadium or amphitheater resembling a bowl.
  8. (American football) A postseason football competition, a bowl game (i.e. Rose Bowl, Super Bowl)
  • (as much as is held by a bowl): bowlful
  • (haircut): bowl cut, pudding bowl
  • (crater): crater, hollow
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Middle English bowle, boule, from Old French boule (ball), from Latin bulla (bubble, stud, round object). Doublet of poll.


bowl (plural bowls)

  1. The ball rolled by players in the game of lawn bowls.
  2. The action of bowling a ball.
  3. (in the plural, but used with a singular verb) The game of bowls.
    Synonyms: lawn bowls, lawn bowling


bowl (third-person singular simple present bowls, present participle bowling, simple past and past participle bowled)

  1. (transitive) To roll or throw (a ball) in the correct manner in cricket and similar games and sports.
  2. (intransitive) To throw the ball (in cricket and similar games and sports).
  3. To roll or carry smoothly on, or as on, wheels.
  4. To pelt or strike with anything rolled.
Derived terms
  • Danish: bowle
  • Dutch: bowlen


  • Blow, b’low, blow



From Middle English trogh, from Old English troh, trog (a trough, tub, basin, vessel for containing liquids or other materials), from Proto-Germanic *trugą, *trugaz (compare West Frisian trôch, Dutch trog, German Trog, Swedish tråg), from Proto-Indo-European *dru-kó (compare Middle Irish drochta (wooden basin), Old Armenian տարգալ (targal, ladle, spoon), enlargement of *dóru (tree)). More at tree.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /tɹɒf/
  • (US) enPR: trôf, IPA(key): /tɹɔf/
  • (US, cotcaught merger, Canada) enPR: trŏf, IPA(key): /tɹɑf/
  • (US dialectal) enPR: trôth, IPA(key): /tɹɔθ/; (cotcaught merger) IPA(key): /tɹɑθ/
  • Rhymes: -ɒf


trough (plural troughs)

  1. A long, narrow container, open on top, for feeding or watering animals.
    One of Hank’s chores was to slop the pigs’ trough each morning and evening.
  2. Any similarly shaped container.
    • 1976, Frederick Bentham, The art of stage lighting (page 233)
      It just clips on the front of the stage without any special trough, has no great power and occupies only one dimmer, []
    1. (Australia, New Zealand) A rectangular container used for washing or rinsing clothes.
      Ernest threw his paint brushes into a kind of trough he had fashioned from sheet metal that he kept in the sink.
  3. A short, narrow canal designed to hold water until it drains or evaporates.
    There was a small trough that the sump pump emptied into; it was filled with mosquito larvae.
  4. (Canada) A gutter under the eaves of a building; an eaves trough.
    The troughs were filled with leaves and needed clearing.
  5. (agriculture, Australia, New Zealand) A channel for conveying water or other farm liquids (such as milk) from place to place by gravity; any ‘U’ or ‘V’ cross-sectioned irrigation channel.
  6. A long, narrow depression between waves or ridges; the low portion of a wave cycle.
    The buoy bobbed between the crests and troughs of the waves moving across the bay.
    The neurologist pointed to a troubling trough in the pattern of his brain-waves.
  7. (meteorology) A linear atmospheric depression associated with a weather front.


  • manger (container for feeding animals)

Derived terms

  • water trough



trough (third-person singular simple present troughs, present participle troughing, simple past and past participle troughed)

  1. To eat in a vulgar style, as if from a trough.
    He troughed his way through three meat pies.


  • Oxford English Dictionary Online

See also

  • crib
  • ditch
  • trench


  • Rought, rought

Middle English



  1. Alternative form of trogh

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