bawl

verb
\ˈbȯl \
bawled; bawling; bawls

Definition of bawl 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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.

bawl

noun

Definition of bawl (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from bawl

Verb

bawler noun

Examples of bawl in a Sentence

Verb

“Get in the car!” he bawled. he bawled for days after his dog died

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At deadline, there were no followup Instagrams of mom and kids bawling. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Kim Kardashian Posts The Perfect Family Photo," 5 Apr. 2018 Late Monday was no exception, with Rodman bawling in a CNN interview after his two friends, President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un, met in Singapore for a nuclear summit. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-Chicago Bulls star turned North Korean, uh, diplomat Dennis Rodman weeps over Kim-Trump summit," 12 June 2018 Outside of the apartment, Collins and the entire crew were bawling as well. Yohana Desta, HWD, "How Queer Eye Season 1 Captured That Emotional Coming-Out Scene," 11 June 2018 When the video finished playing, the lights came up on a bunch of grown men bawling. Chris Ballard, SI.com, "In Montana, a 49ers Reunion for Dwight Clark," 2 May 2018 Watch the candid interview below: Update, 9/1: If you were confused as to why Justin Bieber was bawling towards the end of his performance at the VMAs, wonder no more—turns out the answer is pretty darn cute. Samantha Leal, Marie Claire, "Justin Bieber Explains Why He Sobbed on the VMAs Stage," 3 Sep. 2015 The answer came not in words but tears, hugging his parents and bawling on their shoulders as the announcement of his score echoed across the mountain. Mark Zeigler, latimes.com, "Shaun White saves best for last to win third halfpipe gold," 14 Feb. 2018 The research found that mothers in 11 countries tend to react the same way to their bawling child — by picking up and talking to the baby — and that the way mothers respond seems to be programmed into their brain circuits. Washington Post, "Waaah: Crying babies push same ‘buttons’ in mothers’ brains," 23 Oct. 2017 Animal keepers have grown accustomed to people shedding tears upon seeing a sloth, even bawling hysterically on the ground. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "What Did Sloths Do to Earn Their Sudden Popularity? Not Much," 18 Aug. 2017

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The new study is just one in a series of recent reports that reveal the centrality of crying to infant survival, and how a baby’s bawl punches through a cluttered acoustic landscape to demand immediate adult attention. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "A Baby Wails, and the Adult World Comes Running," 4 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of bawl

Verb

1533, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1566, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bawl

Verb

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

Noun

noun derivative of bawl entry 1

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The first known use of bawl was in 1533

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More Definitions for bawl

bawl

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bawl

: to cry very loudly

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

bawl

verb
\ˈbȯl \
bawled; bawling

Kids Definition of bawl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

bawl

noun

Kids Definition of bawl (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud cry

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