Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[bawl] /bɔl/
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.
Origin of bawl
late Middle English
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.
1. howl, yowl, squall, roar, bellow. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for bawl out
Historical Examples
  • She was driven to bawl out her words, and by no means liked the task.

    The Belton Estate

    Anthony Trollope
  • Let one bawl out of you and Patch Keetly will be at hand to take the mare by the head.


    Seumas O'Kelly
  • The only human sounds that the Parrot could bawl out were, "Come, let us be men!"

    Andersen's Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • And now you must behave like other folk, and if all goes well you may bless your stars, and bawl out, Hurrah!'

    Tales from the Fjeld P. Chr. Asbjrnsen
  • I bawl out, for I was very angry; 'and if Lintot offers her any liberty, I'll brain him with his own pestle!'

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Whereupon he again began to bawl out in his peculiar Dago dialect: Or-ran-ges!

    An Oregon Girl Alfred Ernest Rice
  • Bill himself was more than half-seas over, and began to bawl out a sea-song.

  • What the devil made you bawl out which way we were going before these people?

  • Well, I confess I can't bring mine into the market and bawl out that I have so many pounds' weight of the required material.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • In the reaction from his sudden fright Tim was as wrathfully ready to "bawl out" his captain as if he were some raw rookie.

    The Pathless Trail

    Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
British Dictionary definitions for bawl out

bawl out

(transitive, adverb) (informal) to scold loudly


(intransitive) to utter long loud cries, as from pain or frustration; wail
to shout loudly, as in anger
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for bawl out



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with bawl out

bawl out

Call out loudly, announce, as in Some of the players were quite hard of hearing, so the rector bawled out the bingo numbers. [ 1500s ]
Scold or reprimand loudly, as in Her teacher was always bawling out the class for not paying attention. [ c. 1900 ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for bawl out

Word Value for bawl

Scrabble Words With Friends