ball vs bawl : Common Errors in English

About ball vs bawl

To “bawl” is to cry out loudly, so when you break down in tears you bawl like a baby and when you reprimand people severely you bawl them out. Don’t use “ball” in these sorts of expressions. It has a number of meanings, but none of them have to do with shouting and wailing unless you’re shouting “play ball!”

ball Meaning(s)

  • (n) round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games
  • (n) a solid projectile that is shot by a musket
  • (n) an object with a spherical shape
  • (n) the people assembled at a lavish formal dance
  • (n) one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens
  • (n) a spherical object used as a plaything
  • (n) United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989)
  • (n) a compact mass
  • (n) a lavish dance requiring formal attire
  • (n) a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass
  • (n) the game of baseball
  • (n) a pitch that is not in the strike zone
  • (v) form into a ball by winding or rolling

bawl Meaning(s)

  • (v) shout loudly and without restraint
  • (v) make a raucous noise
  • (v) cry loudly

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  2. Ball Downgraded to Strong Sell

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