- to cry or wail lustily.
- 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.
- bawl out, Informal. to scold vociferously; reprimand or scold vigorously: Your father will bawl you out when he sees this mess.
Origin of bawl
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Examples from the Web for bawl
Is the young lady deaf that you want to bawl like a harbour-master?The House Under the Sea
Sir Max Pemberton
But si Tona could only bawl and bawl like a cry-baby, till her son got really angry.Mayflower (Flor de mayo)
Vicente Blasco Ibez
He gave his orders in writing that he might not have to bawl to a deaf foreman.Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)
The bawl of privateersmen for the crew of a captured vessel to go below.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
As soon as he came out of ether, he began to bawl for his mother.The Backwash of War
Ellen N. La Motte
- (intr) to utter long loud cries, as from pain or frustration; wail
- to shout loudly, as in anger
- a loud shout or cry
Word Origin and History for bawl
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.