Definition of bawl in English:


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Pronunciation: /bɔːl



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  • A loud, unrestrained shout: he addressed every class in a terrifying bawl
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    • In all, 7,629 came along, not only to bear witness but to provide a Greek chorus, with bawls and murmurs accompanying every touch of the ball in the early minutes.
    • Her words were buried under assorted bawls, bellows, and roars; now it sounded like ten minutes past feeding time at the zoo.
    • 'I then hear cuffing sounds and screams and bawls for help,' the teary-eyed relative said.
    shout, yell, cry, roar, bellow, screech, scream, howl, whoop
    North American informal holler

Phrasal verbs

bawl someone out

informal Reprimand someone angrily: tales of how she bawled out employees
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  • If your boss bawls you out for a mistake, you can take it if he or she also congratulates you for a job well done.
  • But you know what impressed me most was the calm, serene way you kept looking back at him while he was bawling you out.
  • All I know is, I never again bawled Sean out when he made a mistake on the field.


late Middle English (in the sense '(of an animal) howl, bark'): imitative; possibly related to medieval Latin baulare 'to bark' or Icelandic baula 'to low'.

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