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Etymology edit

A drill instructor bawls at an officer candidate

From Middle English baulen, from Old Norse baula (to low) and/or Medieval Latin baulō (to bark), both from Proto-Germanic *bau- (to roar), conflated with Proto-Germanic *bellaną, *ballijaną, *buljaną (to shout, low, roar), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (to sound, roar). Cognate with Faroese belja (to low), Icelandic baula (to moo, low), Swedish böla (to bellow, low). More at bell.

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Verb edit

bawl (third-person singular simple present bawls, present participle bawling, simple past and past participle bawled)

  1. (transitive) To shout or utter in a loud and intense manner.
  2. (intransitive) To wail; to give out a blaring cry.
  3. (intransitive) To weep profusely.

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bawl (plural bawls)

  1. A loud, intense shouting or wailing.
    • 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard:
      [] that clear soprano, in nursery, rings out a shower of innocent idiotisms over the half-stripped baby, and suspends the bawl upon its lips.

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  1. blunt

References edit

  • Lukram Himmat Singh (2013) A Descriptive Grammar of Zou, Canchipur: Manipur University, page 41