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howl

verb \ˈha(-ə)l\

of a dog, wolf, etc. : to make a long, loud cry that sounds sad

of the wind : to make a long, loud sound

: to cry out loudly in pain, anger, amusement, etc.

Full Definition of HOWL

intransitive verb
1
:  to emit a loud sustained doleful sound characteristic of members of the dog family
2
:  to cry out loudly and without restraint under strong impulse (as pain, grief, or amusement)
3
:  to go on a spree or rampage
transitive verb
1
:  to utter with unrestrained outcry
2
:  to drown out or cause to fail by adverse outcry —used especially with down
howl noun

Examples of HOWL

  1. The dogs were howling at the moon.
  2. <several coyotes began howling close by as the sun went down>

Origin of HOWL

Middle English houlen; akin to Middle High German hiulen to howl
First Known Use: 14th century

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Rhymes with HOWL

HOWL Defined for Kids

1howl

verb \ˈhal\
howledhowl·ing

Definition of HOWL for Kids

1
:  to make a loud long mournful cry or sound <Wolves howled at the moon.> <Wind was howling through the trees.>
2
:  to cry out loudly (as with pain or amusement) <The audience howled with laughter.>

2howl

noun

Definition of HOWL for Kids

1
:  a loud long mournful sound made by dogs and related animals (as wolves)
2
:  a long loud cry (as of distress, disappointment, or rage) <A howl … of dismay went up from the creatures … — C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe>

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