Ball or Bawl?

The difference between "Ball" and "Bawl"

homesitemapA-Z confused words ball or bawl?
"Ball" and "bawl" are easy to confuse.
  • "Ball" is a noun that describes a spherical object or a social gathering or dance. For example:
    • Roll the dough into a ball about the size of a tennis ball. correct tick
    • Cinderella was late for the ball. correct tick
  • As a noun, "bawl" describes a loud yelling noise. For example:
    • Who was responsible for that bawl? correct tick
    • (Often, the word "bawling" is used.)
  • As a verb, "to bawl" means to shout or scream loudly. For example:
    • Don't bawl at me! correct tick
ball or bawl?

More about "Ball" and "Bawl"


The 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. correct tick
  • My pitching philosophy is simple - keep the ball way from the bat. correct tick
  • The women are getting dressed up in their best gowns and going to a royal ball. correct tick


The word "bawl" can be used as a noun or a verb. When used as 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. correct tick
  • (Here, "bawl" is a noun.)
  • I'm going through a stage where the dumbest things make me bawl. correct tick
  • (Here, "bawl" is a verb.)
  • If you want to cry, bawl. If you need help, raise your hand and jump up and down. correct tick
  • (Here, "bawl" is a verb.)
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.

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