1 [intransitive and transitive]alsobawl outto shout in a loud voice [= yell]:
'Tickets please!' bawled the conductor.
2 [intransitive]to cry loudly [= scream]:
They could hear a baby bawling somewhere.
bawl somebody ↔ out
to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong:
He was afraid Vic would bawl him out for being late.
WORD FOCUS: cry WORD FOCUS: cry be in tearsto be crying burst into tearsto suddenly start crying break down (in tears)to suddenly cry a lot, after trying not to cry sobto cry noisily, with sudden noisy breaths weepespecially writtento cry a lot for a long time bawlif a baby bawls, it cries very loudly have tears in your eyesto be about to cry your eyes wateryou start to cry, especially because you have been cutting up onions or there is a lot of smoke ➔ See alsocry
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.