WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
bawl /bɔl/USA pronunciation
a loud shout or outcry:I heard a loud bawl and then silence.
- [no object] to cry or wail loudly and strongly: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.
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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