bawl

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bawlen, from Old Norse baula (to low) and/or Medieval Latin baulō (bark, verb), both from Proto-Germanic *bau- (to roar), from Proto-Indo-European *bau- (to bark), conflated with Proto-Germanic *bellaną, *ballijaną, *buljaną (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.

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Verb[edit]

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

  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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