Bawl definition

bôl
To shout or call out noisily; bellow; yell.
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To utter in a loud, vehement voice.
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A loud, bellowing cry; a wail.
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To cry or sob loudly; wail.
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To bawl is defined as to cry or wail loudly.

An example of bawl is to sob loudly upon hearing bad news.

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To cry out loudly and vehemently; shout.
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To weep and wail loudly.
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An outcry; bellow.
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A noisy weeping.
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(intransitive) To shout or utter in a loud and intense manner.
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(intransitive) To wail; to give out a blaring cry.
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bawl out
  • to shout or call out
  • to scold angrily
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of bawl

  • 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

  • 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