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.
- (UK) IPA(key): [bɔːɫ]
- (US) IPA(key): /bɔl/
- (cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /bɑl/
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- Rhymes: -ɔːl
- Homophone: ball
- (transitive) To shout or utter in a loud and intense manner.
- (intransitive) To wail; to give out a blaring cry.
- 1859, George Meredith, chapter 5, in The Ordeal of Richard Feverel. A History of Father and Son. […], volume (please specify |volume=I to III), London: Chapman and Hall, OCLC 213819910:
- Why did you bawl out just as I was aiming? Who can aim with a fellow bawling in his ear? I've lost the birds through it.
- (intransitive) To weep profusely.
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bawl (plural bawls)
- 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.
- Lukram Himmat Singh (2013) A Descriptive Grammar of Zou, Canchipur: Manipur University, page 41