- to cry or wail lustily.
- 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.
Origin of bawl
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Examples from the Web for bawling
Lugging her trophy, the bawling girl wobbled down the ramp into the arms of her beaming family and boyfriend.‘The Land of the Permanent Wave’ Is Bud Shrake’s Classic Take on ‘60s Texas
February 2, 2014
“She called me bawling her eyes out,” said Laughlin in a recent interview.Phil Spector’s Unlikely Defender
November 2, 2012
As she spoke, small yelps filled the room: It was Jackson, bawling— howling—into his linen napkin.My Surreal Night With Michael Jackson
July 6, 2009
It's for that that you're drinking and bawling inside there with your viragoes.L'Assommoir
Dumbly she caught her breath, waiting for the bawling out she'd earned.Tree, Spare that Woodman
He waved his hand, bawling, "Put your helm down—you're forging ahead!"The Frozen Pirate
W. Clark Russell
From end to end of the room they raced, bawling and roaring at the top of their voices.History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
Next, she had her face buried in my shoulder, bawling like a hurt baby.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
- (intr) to utter long loud cries, as from pain or frustration; wail
- to shout loudly, as in anger
- a loud shout or cry
Word Origin and History for bawling
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.