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

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. Unabridged
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bawl (bɔːl)
1.  (intr) to utter long loud cries, as from pain or frustration; wail
2.  to shout loudly, as in anger
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]

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Word Origin & History

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
The cattle down in the hold mooed and bawled constantly pretty much the entire trip.
Ma bawled and cut up a lot about it, but after dad took her off and talked to her, she dried up and seemed to be resigned.
They wondered if he would remember the many times that he had bawled them out and take revenge by letting them go.
In the streets automobile horns bawled and wailed triumphantly.
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