I. verb 1. [ reporting verb] — shout or call out noisily and unrestrainedly[with direct speech] • ‘Move!’ bawled the drill corporal
• [with obj.]
we began to bawl out the words of the carol.
2. [no obj.] — weep or cry noisily(as adj. bawling) • bawling babies.
II. noun a loud, unrestrained shout. • he addressed every class in a terrifying bawl.
III. phrasal verbs bawl someone out
‹informal› reprimand someone angrily
• tales of how she bawled out employees.
– origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘(of an animal) howl, bark’): imitative; possibly related to medieval Latin baulare ‘to bark’ or Icelandic baula ‘to low’.