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howl

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verb \ˈhau̇(-ə)l\

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. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to emit a loud sustained doleful sound characteristic of members of the dog family

  3. 2 :  to cry out loudly and without restraint under strong impulse (as pain, grief, or amusement)

  4. 3 :  to go on a spree or rampage

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to utter with unrestrained outcry

  7. 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

Rhymes with howl




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