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1growl

verb \ˈgra(-ə)l\

of an animal : to make a deep threatening sound

: to make a low sound like the sound of a growling animal

: to say (something) in an angry way

Full Definition of GROWL

intransitive verb
1
a :  rumble <his stomach growled>
b :  to utter a growl <the dog growled at the stranger>
2
:  to complain angrily
transitive verb
:  to utter with a growl :  utter angrily

Examples of GROWL

  1. I could hear a dog growling behind me.
  2. My stomach's been growling all morning.
  3. What do you want? he growled.
  4. He's always growling about the government.

Origin of GROWL

Middle English groulen, grollen
First Known Use: 14th century

2growl

noun

: a deep sound made by an animal; also : a similar sound

Full Definition of GROWL

:  a deep guttural inarticulate sound

Examples of GROWL

  1. The dog gave a menacing growl.
  2. He answered my question with a growl.
  3. We could hear a growl of thunder in the distance.

First Known Use of GROWL

1715

Rhymes with GROWL

GROWL Defined for Kids

1growl

verb \ˈgral\
growledgrowl·ing

Definition of GROWL for Kids

1
:  to make a deep threatening sound <The dog growled.>
2
:  to make a low rumbling noise <My stomach is growling.>
3
:  to complain or say in an angry way <“Only use them when we absolutely have to,” growled Azaz disgustedly. — Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth>

2growl

noun

Definition of GROWL for Kids

1
:  a deep threatening sound (as of an animal)
2
:  a grumbling or muttered complaint

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