WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
bawl /bɔl/USA pronunciation v. 
  1. [no object] to cry or wail loudly and strongly:The baby was bawling all night.
  2. 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!''
  3. 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.

n. [countable]
  • a loud shout or outcry:I heard a loud bawl and then silence.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    bawl /bɔːl/ vb
    1. (intransitive) to utter long loud cries, as from pain or frustration; wail
    2. to shout loudly, as in anger
    n
    1. a loud shout or cry
    Etymology: 15th Century: probably from Icelandic baula to low; related to Medieval Latin baulāre to bark, Swedish böla to low; all of imitative origin

    ˈbawler n ˈbawling n



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