bawl


bawl

verb (used without object)

  1. to cry or wail lustily.

verb (used with object)

  1. to utter or proclaim by outcry; shout out: to bawl one’s dissatisfaction; bawling his senseless ditties to the audience.
  2. to offer for sale by shouting, as a hawker: a peddler bawling his wares.

noun

  1. a loud shout; outcry.
  2. a period or spell of loud crying or weeping.
  3. Chiefly Midland and Western U.S. the noise made by a calf.

Verb Phrases

  1. bawl out, Informal. to scold vociferously; reprimand or scold vigorously: Your father will bawl you out when he sees this mess.

verb

  1. (intr) to utter long loud cries, as from pain or frustration; wail
  2. to shout loudly, as in anger

noun

  1. a loud shout or cry
v.

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.

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