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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language

bawl

verb
     
bawl
1 [intransitive and transitive] also bawl out to 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

phrasal verb
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 tears to be crying
burst into tears
to suddenly start crying
break down (in tears)
to suddenly cry a lot, after trying not to cry
sob
to cry noisily, with sudden noisy breaths
weep
especially written to cry a lot for a long time
bawl
if a baby bawls, it cries very loudly
have tears in your eyes
to be about to cry
your eyes water
you start to cry, especially because you have been cutting up onions or there is a lot of smoke


See also
cry

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