- 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[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). Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense of (of an animal)‘ howl, bark’): imitative; possibly related to medieval Latin baulare
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//