Lugging her trophy, the bawling girl wobbled down the ramp into the arms of her beaming family and boyfriend.
“She called me bawling her eyes out,” said Laughlin in a recent interview.
As she spoke, small yelps filled the room: It was Jackson, bawling— howling—into his linen napkin.
mid-15c., "to howl like a dog," from Old Norse baula "to low like a cow," and/or Medieval Latin baulare "to bark like a dog," both echoic. Meaning "to shout loudly" attested from 1590s. To bawl (someone) out "reprimand loudly" is 1908, American English. Related: Bawled; bawling.