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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To cry or sob loudly; wail. synonym: cry.
  • intransitive verb To cry out loudly and vehemently; shout.
  • intransitive verb To utter in a loud, vehement voice. synonym: yell.
  • noun A loud, bellowing cry; a wail.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A shout at the top of one's voice; an outcry: as, the children set up a loud bawl.
  • 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.
  • noun Obsolete spelling of ball.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb shout loudly and without restraint
  • verb make a raucous noise
  • verb cry loudly

Etymologies

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

[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).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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