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to cry or wail lustily.
to utter or proclaim by outcry; shout out:
to bawl one’s dissatisfaction; bawling his senseless ditties to the audience.
to offer for sale by shouting, as a hawker:
a peddler bawling his wares.
a loud shout; outcry.
a period or spell of loud crying or weeping.
Chiefly Midland and Western U.S. the noise made by a calf.
bawl out, Informal. to scold vociferously; reprimand or scold vigorously:
Your father will bawl you out when he sees this mess.
Contemporary Examples

Lugging her trophy, the bawling girl wobbled down the ramp into the arms of her beaming family and boyfriend.
‘The Land of the Permanent Wave’ Is Bud Shrake’s Classic Take on ‘60s Texas Edwin Shrake February 1, 2014

“She called me bawling her eyes out,” said Laughlin in a recent interview.
Phil Spector’s Unlikely Defender Christine Pelisek November 1, 2012

As she spoke, small yelps filled the room: It was Jackson, bawling— howling—into his linen napkin.
My Surreal Night With Michael Jackson Abby Ellin July 5, 2009

Historical Examples

The grunt is very different from the bleating of a lamb or the bawling of a domestic calf.
The Barren Ground Caribou of Keewatin Francis Harper

It’s for that that you’re drinking and bawling inside there with your viragoes.
L’Assommoir Emile Zola

The cow-yard held ten or fifteen cattle of various kinds, while a few calves88 were bawling from a pen near by.
Other Main-Travelled Roads Hamlin Garland

Dumbly she caught her breath, waiting for the bawling out she’d earned.
Tree, Spare that Woodman Dave Dryfoos

Say I murmur fool talk about putting it onto the green and bawling on the bunkers.
The Lash Olin L. Lyman

Next, she had her face buried in my shoulder, bawling like a hurt baby.
Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith

Ay, sir, and will give you a lick of my cudgel, if ye stay long and trouble the whole street with your bawling.
A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume 10 (of 15) Various

(intransitive) to utter long loud cries, as from pain or frustration; wail
to shout loudly, as in anger
a loud shout or cry

mid-15c., “to howl like a dog,” from Old Norse baula “to low like a cow,” and/or Medieval Latin baulare “to bark like a dog,” both echoic. Meaning “to shout loudly” attested from 1590s. To bawl (someone) out “reprimand loudly” is 1908, American English. Related: Bawled; bawling.


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