bawl

[bawl]
verb (used without object)
1.
to cry or wail lustily.
verb (used with object)
2.
to utter or proclaim by outcry; shout out: to bawl one's dissatisfaction; bawling his senseless ditties to the audience.
3.
to offer for sale by shouting, as a hawker: a peddler bawling his wares.
noun
4.
a loud shout; outcry.
5.
a period or spell of loud crying or weeping.
6.
Chiefly Midland and Western U.S. the noise made by a calf.
Verb phrases
7.
bawl out, Informal. to scold vociferously; reprimand or scold vigorously: Your father will bawl you out when he sees this mess.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin baulāre to bark < Germanic; compare Old Norse baula to low, baula cow, perhaps a conflation of belja (see bell2) with an old root *bhu-

bawler, noun
outbawl, verb (used with object)

1. bald, balled, bawled ; 2. ball, bawl, bowl.


1. howl, yowl, squall, roar, bellow.
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bawl (bɔːl)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to utter long loud cries, as from pain or frustration; wail
2.  to shout loudly, as in anger
 
n
3.  a loud shout or cry
 
[C15: probably from Icelandic baula to low; related to Medieval Latin baulāre to bark, Swedish böla to low; all of imitative origin]
 
'bawler
 
n
 
'bawling
 
n

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bawl
mid-15c., from O.N. baula "to low like a cow," and/or M.L. baulare "to bark like a dog," both echoic. To bawl (someone) out "reprimand loudly" is 1908, Amer.Eng.
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Example sentences
In other words bawl loud enough, or get someone to do it for you, and you'll get what you want.
It's frightening to watch someone bawl their eyes out over a cam.
When handled by researchers studying the animal, or when they are in danger, cubs will bawl.
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