Ball or Bawl?
Ball or Bawl?What is the difference between "ball" and "bawl"?
- "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.
- Cinderella was late for the ball.
- As a noun, "bawl" describes a loud yelling noise. For example:
- Who was responsible for that bawl? (Often, the word "bawling" is used.)
- As a verb, "to bawl" means to shout or scream loudly. For example:
- Don't bawl at me!
Ball and BawlOccasionally, there is confusion over the words "ball" and "bawl."
Click on the Two Correct Sentences
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 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. (Here, "bawl" is a noun.)
- I'm going through a stage where the dumbest things make me bawl. (Here, "bawl" is a verb.)
- If you want to cry, bawl. If you need help, raise your hand and jump up and down. (Here, "bawl" is a verb.)