bawl

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bawl cry loudly "Don't bawl in public!"
    • v bawl make a raucous noise
    • v bawl shout loudly and without restraint
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bawl A loud, prolonged cry; an outcry.
    • Bawl To cry loudly, as a child from pain or vexation.
    • Bawl To cry out with a loud, full sound; to cry with vehemence, as in calling or exultation; to shout; to vociferate.
    • v. t Bawl To proclaim with a loud voice, or by outcry, as a hawker or town-crier does.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bawl To bark or howl, as a dog.
    • bawl To cry out with a loud full sound; make vehement or clamorous outcries, as in pain, exultation, etc.; shout.
    • bawl To utter or proclaim by outcry; shout out.
    • bawl To cry for sale, as a hawker.
    • n bawl A shout at the top of one's voice; an outcry: as, the children set up a loud bawl.
    • n bawl Obsolete spelling of ball.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Bawl bawl to shout or cry out loudly (with at, against)
    • n Bawl a loud cry or shout
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. baula, to low, bellow, as a cow; akin to Sw. böla,; cf. AS bellan, G. bellen, to bark, E. bellow, bull,

Usage

In literature:

Even the bawling didn't daunt me, and I adored you when you resembled a squab.
"Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man" by Marie Conway Oemler
Never was heard such a bawling as these unfortunate wights kept up.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Rude people press upon her; loud, bawling creditors; wretches, who know no pity.
"The Gamester (1753)" by Edward Moore
You was one of that stinking crowd, I suppose, that bawled in the street.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
Listen to the bawling outside, now, cold as it is.
"Little Classics, Volume 8 (of 18)" by Various
They think that if a cow doesn't bawl for food or drink she has enough.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
The sheep milled and bawled most of the night.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
I bawled all the time when I was alone.
"The Plastic Age" by Percy Marks
I feel like bawling like a kid; I wish he'd shut up.
"Letters of a Woman Homesteader" by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
Van was about to kneel on the ground and lift his prostrate cook when someone bawled out a warning.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
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In poetry:

So red, as she walked to the Church, was her shawl
That the bull in the farm-yard did bellow and bawl;
And so high were her heels that on entering the door
She slipped, and she stumbled, and fell on the floor.
"Bedfordshire Ballad - I" by E W Bowling
Ah no! my loved Jack! while the tempest's loud bawling,
The top-sails all split, and the top-masts down falling,
I watching your dangers, my own will pass over!
In prayers for your safety no fears I'll discover!
"Jack And Nancy. A Sea Song" by Hector MacNeill
The visitors were never big, in fact were very small.
In silence they put in their work, no sound they made at all;
They thought it was full fun enough to hear the comrades bawl
While graybacks were busily biting.—CHORUS
"The Graybacks So Tenderly Clinging" by Anonymous Americas
Twist and tangle and mystify, bully, and weep and bluff;
Marry the truth to a glaring lie, and say it is good enough;
Boast of your vice and villainy—in your virtue rant and bawl—
But that great waiting silence is over the people all!
"That Great Waiting Silence" by Henry Lawson
But the ship moves on to the Tail o’ the Bank,
And her sails in silence fall,
And her anchor drops wi' never a clank
And never a bo'sun's call.
Oh, there's never a sound from the Tail o' the Bank
Till the skipper his song doth bawl :—
"The Ghost Ship" by John Joy Bell
And as you lie and ponder, the thought comes home to you
That your youngest boy now celebrates the way you used to do;
And the mother that he bawls for to have those small wounds dressed
Is the woman whom long years ago you swore you loved the best.
"The Glorious Fourth And Its Memories" by Edwin Carty Ranck

In news:

The gutter-mouth macho man who goaded a senior citizen and his daughter into a US Open throwdown turned into a bawl boy once the NYPD arrived.
Instead they found Duke teammate Thomas Hill apparently bawling on the sidelines, with his hands on his head.
Money Bawl Ron Paul's ignorant cry.
The former "American Idol" judge was spotted bawling at least three times during the movie opening here today.
'Start-Ups: Silicon Valley' full of bikinis, booze and bawling .
'Evict' tales worth a Carnegie bawl.
BAWLS Guarana Reports Steady Growth.
BAWLS Guarana has reported steady growth and strong results at the close of its second full fiscal year in operation.
We were discussing Brett Favre's comments about how he used to get bawled out by Coach Mike Holmgren all the time.
Even worse, two adult fans next to him proudly display the ball while the youngster bawls his eyes out.
So proud that she was "bawling".
If you're like me, Steven Tyler's hug and whisper to Chris' fiancee will have you bawling.
Selena Gomez Reacts to Separating From The Scene: "Currently Bawling My Eyes Out".
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