Ball or Bawl?
The Quick AnswerWhat is the difference between ball and bawl?
Ball is a noun that describes a spherical object. It is also a word used to refer to a social gathering or dance.
As a noun, bawl describes a loud yelling noise.
As a verb, bawl is the act of shouting or screaming loudly.
Ball and BawlOccasionally, there is confusion over the words ball and bawl.
BallThe word ball is a noun with two meanings. It can describe a spherical shape. A ball can either be solid or hollow. It most typically refers to an object that is kicked, thrown or hit in a game (e.g., football, cricket ball, soccer ball).
It also refers to a formal social gathering where guests can dance.
- If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.
- My pitching philosophy is simple - keep the ball way from the bat.
- The women are getting dressed up in their best gowns and going to a royal ball.
BawlThe word bawl can be used as a noun or a verb. When used a a noun, bawl is a loud, unrestrained shout. As a verb, it means to cry or scream noisily and unrestrainedly.
- He showed his lung power with a loud bawl. (Here is an example of bawl being used as a noun.)
- I'm going through a stage where the dumbest things make me bawl.
- If you want to cry, bawl. If you need help, raise your hand and jump up and down.