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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bawl, bellowverb

    shout loudly and without restraint

  2. yawp, bawlverb

    make a raucous noise

  3. bawlverb

    cry loudly

    "Don't bawl in public!"


  1. bawlverb

    To shout or utter in a loud and intense manner.

  2. bawlverb

    To wail; to give out a blaring cry.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Bawlverb

    To proclaim as a crier.

    It grieved me, when I saw labours which had cost so much, bawled about by common hawkers. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Bawlverb

    Etymology: balo, Lat.

    They bawl for freedom in their senseless mood,
    And still revolt, when truth would set them free. Par. Reg.

    To cry the cause up heretofore,
    And bawl the bishops out of door. Hudibras.

    Through the thick shades th’ eternal scribbler bawls,
    And shakes the statues on their pedestals. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    From his lov’d home no lucre him can draw;
    The senate’s mad decrees he never saw;
    Nor heard at bawling bars corrupted law. Dryden.

    Loud menaces were heard, and foul disgrace,
    And bawling infamy, in language base,
    Till sense was lost in sound, and silence fled the place. John Dryden, Fables.

    So on the tuneful Margarita’s tongue
    The list’ning nymphs, and ravish’d heroes hung;
    But citts and fops the heav’n born musick blame,
    And bawl, and hiss, and damn her into fame. Edmund Smith, on J. Philips.

    I have a race of orderly elderly people, who can bawl when I am deaf, and tread softly when I am only giddy and would sleep. Jonathan Swift.

    A little child was bawling, and an old woman chiding it. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    If they were never suffered to have what they cried for, they would never, with bawling and peevishness, contend for mastery. John Locke.

    My husband took him in, a dirty boy; it was the business of the servants to attend him, the rogue did bawl and make such a noise. John Arbuthnot, History of John Bull.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bawlverb

    to cry out with a loud, full sound; to cry with vehemence, as in calling or exultation; to shout; to vociferate

  2. Bawlverb

    to cry loudly, as a child from pain or vexation

  3. Bawlverb

    to proclaim with a loud voice, or by outcry, as a hawker or town-crier does

  4. Bawlnoun

    a loud, prolonged cry; an outcry

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bawl

    bawl, v.i. to shout or cry out loudly (with at, against).—n. a loud cry or shout.—n. Bawl′er. [Perh. from Low L. baulare, to bark like a dog; but cf. Ice. baula, to low like a cow, baula, a cow.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bawl in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bawl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of bawl in a Sentence

  1. Edith Sitwell:

    I'm not the man to balk at a low smell, I not the man to insist on asphodel. This sounds like a He-fellow, don't you think? It sounds like that. I belch, I bawl, I drink.

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    • A. aligned
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