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"Wail" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "llorar", and "bawl" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "berrear". Learn more about the difference between "wail" and "bawl" below.
wail(
weyl
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to cry mournfully)
a. llorar
When Sara arrived at the wall of the old temple in Jerusulem, she wailed for her family and all of humanity.Cuando Sara llegó al muro del antiguo templo de Jerusalén, lloró por su familia y toda la humanidad.
b. gemir
Phillip wailed for days when he was told his wife had died.Phillip gemió durante días cuando le dijeron que su esposa había muerto.
2. (to emit a mournful sound)
a. gemir
She stared off into the distance as the bagpipes wailed at the funeral.Se quedó mirando fijadamente a la distancia mientras la gaita gemía en el funeral.
b. aullar
The wind wails all the time here in the mountain.El viento siempre aulla aquí en la montaña.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (mournful sound)
a. el gemido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The sadness in her wail was unbearable.La tristeza de su gemido era insoportable.
b. el aullido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I heard the siren's wail draw ever nearer.Oí el aullido de la sirena acercarse cada vez más.
c. el lamento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Amalia's wail pierced my heart.El lamento de Amalia me atravesó el corazón.
d. el grito
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A wail of protest arose from the 49% who voted against the measure.Un grito de protesta se elevó del 49% de los que votaron en contra de la medida.
e. el vagido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(new-born)
Our new-born woke us last night with his wails.Nuestro recién nacido nos despertó anoche con sus vagidos.
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bawl
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to wail)
a. berrear
Fernanda started to bawl when her doll's head popped off.Fernanda comenzó a berrear cuando se le cayó la cabeza a su muñeca.
2. (to shout) (United Kingdom)
a. gritar
Violet was so angry at Danny that she bawled at him until she was hoarse.Violet estaba tan enojada con Danny que le gritó hasta quedar ronca.
b. vociferar
The men in the pub were bawling at the top of their voices as they watched the match on the telly.Los hombres del pub vociferaban a todo volumen mientras miraban el partido en la tele.
c. desgañitarse
They drank and bawled all night long round the campfire.Bebieron y se desgañitaron toda la noche alrededor de la fogata.
d. chillar
Edna bawled when her kids made a mess in the kitchen.Edna chilló cuando sus hijos la liaron en la cocina.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to shout) (United Kingdom)
a. gritar
Felipe bawled an insult when he bumped his head.Felipe gritó un insulto cuando se golpeó la cabeza.
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