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Origin of bawl

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Medieval Latin baulāre “to bark,” from Germanic; compare Old Norse baula “to low,” baula “cow,” perhaps a conflation of belja (see bell2) with an unrecorded old root bhu-

OTHER WORDS FROM bawl

bawl·er, nounout·bawl, verb (used with object)

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bawl

ball, bawl , bowl

Words nearby bawl

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How to use bawl in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bawl

bawl
/ (bɔːl) /

verb
(intr) to utter long loud cries, as from pain or frustration; wail
to shout loudly, as in anger
noun
a loud shout or cry

Derived forms of bawl

bawler, nounbawling, noun

Word Origin for bawl

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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