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
:  to emit a loud sustained doleful sound characteristic of members of the dog family
:  to cry out loudly and without restraint under strong impulse (as pain, grief, or amusement)
:  to go on a spree or rampage
transitive verb
:  to utter with unrestrained outcry
:  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

Related to HOWL

Rhymes with HOWL


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