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bawl

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verb \ ˈbȯl \

Definition of bawl

intransitive verb
1 :to cry out loudly and unrestrainedly
  • a sergeant bawling at his troops
2 :to cry loudly :wail
  • He lay on his bed, bawling uncontrollably.
transitive verb
:to cry out at the top of one's voice
  • "Get out of the car!" she bawled.

bawler

noun

Examples of bawl in a Sentence

  1. Get in the car! he bawled.

  2. he bawled for days after his dog died

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Origin and Etymology of bawl

Middle English, to bark, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Icelandic baula to low

bawl Synonyms

Synonyms
cry, blub [chiefly British], blubber, sob, weep
Related Words
greet [Scottish], grieve, keen, lament, mourn; howl, scream, squall, wail, yowl; bleat, mewl, pule, whimper, whine; sniffle, snivel; groan, moan, sigh
Near Antonyms
breathe, mumble, murmur, mutter, whisper

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bawl

noun

Definition of bawl

:a loud prolonged cry :outcry
  • … political bawls and bellows about cattle prices …
  • Time

Origin and Etymology of bawl

noun derivative of 1bawl



BAWL Defined for English Language Learners

bawl

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verb

Definition of bawl for English Language Learners

  • : to cry very loudly

  • : to say or shout (something) using a very loud voice


BAWL Defined for Kids

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bawl

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verb \ ˈbȯl \

Definition of bawl for Students

bawled; bawling
1 :to shout or cry loudly
  • … he fairly stumbled down the steps, bawling for his breakfast.
  • —Avi, Crispin
2 :to weep noisily
bawl out
:to scold severely

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bawl

noun

Definition of bawl for Students

:a loud cry


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