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bawl

[bawl] /bɔl/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
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-
Related forms
bawler, noun
outbawl, verb (used with object)
Can be confused
bald, balled, bawled.
ball, bawl, bowl.
Synonyms
1. howl, yowl, squall, roar, bellow.
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Examples from the web for bawling
  • And, already terrified to begin with, she began bawling.
  • He is forever ordering his secretary to hide his cigars and forever bawling her out for obeying his orders.
  • All these bawling heads seem to be knocking at the door of her silence, asking to be allowed in.
  • Faye was bawling and scratching herself under the table.
  • She was bawling her eyes out and as a student, it broke my heart.
  • Was bawling along with the parents after the body was found.
  • bawling: a long hoarse wailing sound produced by cubs.
  • We might add that there was milling and bawling and pawing the dust, but no stampede.
  • True, some have killed themselves by bawling, and some have died of an imprudent laugh.
British Dictionary definitions for bawling

bawl

/bɔːl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to utter long loud cries, as from pain or frustration; wail
2.
to shout loudly, as in anger
noun
3.
a loud shout or cry
Derived Forms
bawler, noun
bawling, noun
Word Origin
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 and History for bawling

bawl

v.

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.

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