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Definition of the verb bawl

What does bawl mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: bawled | bawling | bawls

  1. shout loudly and without restraint
    • example: Sam and Sue bawl
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]Susan whispered
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen told a story | Heather cabled the news | Heather cabled, 'Come immediately.' | Susan whispered the news/a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] at / to / towards / for [Recipient]Susan whispered the news/a few words to/at Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan whispered to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan complained that the party would be tonight | Susan whispered that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Ellen warned how to avoid the crowd | Susan whispered how to avoid the crowd
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic]Susan whispered about the party
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] for [Recipient] [Topic, object control with infinitive]Susan whispered for me to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient]Susan whispered to/at Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic]Susan whispered to Rachel, 'Leave the room.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, object control with infinitive]Susan whispered to Rachel to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Susan whispered to Rachel that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Susan whispered to Rachel how to avoid the crowd

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): babble, bark, bellow, blare, bleat, bluster, boom, bray, burble, cackle, call, carol, chant, chatter, chirp, cluck, coo, croak, croon, crow, cry, drawl, drone, gabble, gibber, groan, growl, grumble, grunt, gurgle, hiss, holler, hoot, howl, hum, jabber, lilt, lisp, moan, mumble, murmur, mutter, natter, prattle, purr, quaver, rage, rant, rasp, roar, rumble, scream, screech, shout, shriek, simper, sing, snap, snarl, snuffle, splutter, squall, squawk, squeak, squeal, stammer, stemmer, stutter, thunder, trill, trumpet, twitter, vociferate, wail, warble, wheeze, whimper, whine, whisper, whistle, whoop, yammer, yap, yell, yelp, yodel.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of bawl: bellow
    • more generic word: shout = utter in a loud voice
  2. make a raucous noise
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of bawl: yawp
    • more generic words: howl / roar = make a loud noise, as of wind, water, or vehicles
  3. cry loudly
    • example: Don't bawl in public!
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic words: cry / weep = shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain

Alternative definition of the verb bawl

verb

  1. [intransitive] To shout or utter in a loud and intense manner.
  2. [intransitive] To wail; to give out a blaring cry.

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Bawl is a musical group.

  • albums: "Beyond Safe Ways", "Glen Campbell Nights", "Year Zero"

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Bawl

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Google previewWord Nerd (2007)

More Than 18,000 Fascinating Facts about Words by Barbara Ann Kipfer

bawd and bawdy either come from French baude, “shameless,” or from Welsh bawaidd, “dirty, vile,” from baw, “dirt, mud” bawl is a word imitative of the sound a bay is an indentation in a range of hills bay is the position or action of a cornered ...

Google previewSouth Devon and south Cornwall, including Dartmoor and the Scilly isles, by C.S. Ward and M.J.B. Baddeley (1884)

by Mountford John B. Baddeley

The Punch bawl is a huge boulder of granite perched upon another boulder. It contains a rock-basin some 3 feet deep. A ladder is needed for inspecting it. The Well of Sancta Warna is dried up, and is more interesting for its associations than ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Similes (1917)

by Frank Jenners Wilstach

Bawl. Bawl like an auctioneer.

Google previewSaunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary (2011)

by Virginia P. Studdert, Clive C. Gay, Douglas C. Blood

Balkan grippe [bawl'k n]see Qfever. Balkan endemic nephropathy [bawl'k n] an endemic disease of humans in south-western Europe.It has a strongresemblance to ochratoxin A induced porcine nephropathy caused byintoxication byFusarium.

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis].

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

BAWL, v, a. & n. ~\ Vossius and Festus Bawling, > concur in thinking that Bawler, u.

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

BAWL, v. a. & n. Vossius and Festus BAwili Ng, }o: in thinking that BAwler, ...

Google previewDictionary of Caribbean English Usage (2003)

by Richard Allsopp, Jeannette Allsopp

You go bawl when you tas[t]e dis soap boy! Sweet for so! — (Trin) 3. To complain openly against a serious hardship, esp lack of money. A new racket is going on at the docks and small customs brokers like myself are bawling because if it isn't ...

Google previewDictionaries. An International Encyclopedia of Lexicography (2014)

Supplementary Volume: Recent Developments with Focus on Electronic and Computational Lexicography by Rufus Gouws

Bilingual treatment units are: <bläken, yell><bläken, bawl> <bläken, bellow> ( 2) Monolingual treatment units: (2.1) Source language treatment units are: < bläken, |bläken|> <bläken, Infinitivf.> <bläken, 1blε:kn> <bläken, itr. V.> <bläken, ugs.> ...

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Usage statistics about bawl

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb bawl:

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The dogs did bark, the children screamed, Up flew the windows all; And every soul bawled out, Well done! As loud as he could bawl. (William Cowper)
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Scrabble value of B3A1W4L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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