Simple Definition of howl
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
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
1 : to utter with unrestrained outcry
2 : to drown out or cause to fail by adverse outcry —used especially with down
Examples of howl
The dogs were howling at the moon.
<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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