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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
bawl /bɔl/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- to cry or wail loudly and strongly[no object]The baby was bawling all night.
- to cry out: [no object]She bawled down the hallway at me.[~ + object]The drunk was bawling this song all night.[~ + out + object]The captain bawled out the orders.[used with quotations]There was an old woman bawling, "Repent, ye sinners!''
- bawl out, Informal. to scold vigorously: [~ + object + out] :The dean bawled the students out for cheating.[~ + out + object] :The dean bawled out the students who had been caught cheating.
- a loud shout or outcry:I heard a loud bawl and then silence.
- to cry or wail lustily.
- to utter or proclaim by outcry;
shout out:to bawl one's dissatisfaction; bawling his senseless ditties to the audience.
- to offer for sale by shouting, as a hawker:a peddler bawling his wares.
- bawl out, [Informal.]to scold vociferously; reprimand or scold vigorously:Your father will bawl you out when he sees this mess.
- a loud shout;
- a period or spell of loud crying or weeping.
- Dialect Terms[Chiefly Midland and Western U.S.]the noise made by a calf.
1 . howl, yowl, squall, roar, bellow.
- Gmc; compare Old Norse baula to low, baula cow, perh. a conflation of belja (see bell2) with an old root *bhu-
- Medieval Latin baulāre to bark
- late Middle English 1400–50
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bawl /bɔːl/ vb
- (intransitive) to utter long loud cries, as from pain or frustration; wail
- to shout loudly, as in anger
Etymology: 15th Century: probably from Icelandic baula to low; related to Medieval Latin baulāre to bark, Swedish böla to low; all of imitative originˈbawler n ˈbawling n
- a loud shout or cry