[ 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.
bawl out, Informal. to scold vociferously; reprimand or scold vigorously: Your father will bawl you out when he sees this mess.
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Origin of bawl
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 formsbawl·er, nounout·bawl, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for bawl out (1 of 2)
(tr, adverb) informal to scold loudly
British Dictionary definitions for bawl out (2 of 2)
/ (bɔːl) /
(intr) to utter long loud cries, as from pain or frustration; wail
to shout loudly, as in anger
a loud shout or cry
Derived Formsbawler, 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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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]
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