- 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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- (tr, adverb) informal to scold loudly
- (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 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.
Idioms and Phrases with 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]