verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of bawl
Synonyms for bawl
Word Origin 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.
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]