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bawling

[ baw-ling ]
/ ˈbɔ lɪŋ /
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adjective
crying or wailing lustily: On one of our trips we were kept awake most of the night by a bawling kid—and that kid was you!The mooing, bawling calf seemed to be an orphan.
shouting loudly, especially to be heard outdoors, over other noise, or by a large group: He’s doing his basic training under a bawling drill sergeant who screams orders at the recruits.
noun
the act of crying, wailing, or shouting: After recess I have to put up with the bawling of kids at each other across the classroom, still arguing about playtime disputes.
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Origin of bawling

bawl + -ing2 for the adjective senses; bawl + -ing1 for the noun sense

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