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Definition of "bawl" [bawl]

  • To cry or sob loudly; wail. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cry out loudly and vehemently; shout. (verb-intransitive)
  • To utter in a loud, vehement voice. See Synonyms at shout. (verb-transitive)
  • A loud, bellowing cry; a wail. (noun)
  • Bawl out Informal To reprimand loudly or harshly. (phrasal-verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bawl" in a sentence
  • "*tayks anottur bawl frum teh rakk: a yellow furst-troll bawl*"
  • "The anguish of Patsy's thoughts caused him suddenly to "bawl" as he would have put it himself."
  • "It was a good thing he had stopped to "bawl," else maybe he'd have missed the goat who had been having her fill of Mrs. McEnroe's after-grass."