Bawl Definition

bawled, bawling, bawls
bawled, bawling, bawls
To cry or sob loudly; wail.
American Heritage
To shout or call out noisily; bellow; yell.
Webster's New World
To cry out loudly and vehemently; shout.
American Heritage
To weep and wail loudly.
Webster's New World
To utter in a loud, vehement voice.
American Heritage
A loud, bellowing cry; a wail.
American Heritage
An outcry; bellow.
Webster's New World
A noisy weeping.
Webster's New World
bawl out
  • to shout or call out
  • to scold angrily
Webster's New World

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Origin of Bawl

  • From Middle English bawlen, from Old Norse baula (“to low”) and/or Medieval Latin baulō (“bark”, verb), both from Proto-Germanic *bau- (“to roar”), from Proto-Indo-European *bau- (“to bark”), conflated with Proto-Germanic *bellaną, *ballijaną, *buljaną (“to shout, low, roar”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (“to sound, roar”). Cognate with Icelandic baula (“to moo, low”), Swedish böla (“to bellow, low”). More at bell.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English bawlen to bark from Medieval Latin baulāre to bark (probably of Scandinavian origin) or from Old Norse baula to low (of imitative origin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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