Definition of bawl verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    bawl

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//bɔːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɔːl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bawl
    BrE BrE//bɔːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɔːl//
     
    he / she / it bawls
    BrE BrE//bɔːlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɔːlz//
     
    past simple bawled
    BrE BrE//bɔːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɔːld//
     
    past participle bawled
    BrE BrE//bɔːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɔːld//
     
    -ing form bawling
    BrE BrE//ˈbɔːlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to shout loudly, especially in an unpleasant or angry way bawl (at somebody) She bawled at him in front of everyone. Some noisy students were bawling for more food. bawl (out) something (at somebody) He sat in his office bawling orders at his secretary. + speech (+ out) ‘Get in here now!’ she bawled out.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] (+ speech) to cry loudly, especially in an unpleasant and annoying way A child was bawling in the next room. He was bawling his eyes out (= crying very loudly).
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense of (of an animal)‘ howl, bark’): imitative; possibly related to medieval Latin baulare ‘to bark’ or Icelandic baula ‘to low’. Phrasal Verbsbawl somebodyout
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