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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To cry or sob loudly; wail.
  • intransitive v. To cry out loudly and vehemently; shout.
  • transitive v. To utter in a loud, vehement voice. See Synonyms at shout.
  • n. A loud, bellowing cry; a wail.
  • bawl out Informal To reprimand loudly or harshly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To shout or utter in a loud and intense manner.
  • v. To wail; to give out a blaring cry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To cry out with a loud, full sound; to cry with vehemence, as in calling or exultation; to shout; to vociferate.
  • intransitive v. To cry loudly, as a child from pain or vexation.
  • transitive v. To proclaim with a loud voice, or by outcry, as a hawker or town-crier does.
  • n. A loud, prolonged cry; an outcry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bark or howl, as a dog.
  • To cry out with a loud full sound; make vehement or clamorous outcries, as in pain, exultation, etc.; shout.
  • To utter or proclaim by outcry; shout out.
  • To cry for sale, as a hawker.
  • n. A shout at the top of one's voice; an outcry: as, the children set up a loud bawl.
  • n. Obsolete spelling of ball.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. shout loudly and without restraint
  • v. make a raucous noise
  • v. cry loudly

Etymologies

Middle English bawlen, to bark, from Medieval Latin baulāre, to bark (probably of Scandinavian origin) or from Old Norse baula, to low (of imitative origin).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bawlen, from Old Norse baula ("to low") and/or Medieval Latin baulō ("bark", v), both from Proto-Germanic *bau- (“to roar”), from Proto-Indo-European *bau- (“to bark”), conflated with Proto-Germanic *bellanan, *ballijanan, *buljanan (“to shout, low, roar”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (“to sound, roar”). Cognate with Icelandic baula ("to moo, low"), Swedish böla ("to bellow, low"). More at bell. (Wiktionary)

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