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 forms

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

Can be confused

bald balled bawledball bawl bowl
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British Dictionary definitions for bawl out (1 of 2)

bawl out


verb

(tr, adverb) informal to scold loudly

British Dictionary definitions for bawl out (2 of 2)

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

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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Idioms and Phrases with bawl out

bawl out


1

Call out loudly, announce, as in Some of the players were quite hard of hearing, so the rector bawled out the bingo numbers. [1500s]

2

Scold or reprimand loudly, as in Her teacher was always bawling out the class for not paying attention. [c. 1900]

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