verb \ˈpra(-ə)l\

of an animal : to move quietly through an area while hunting

: to move through a place or area especially while searching for something often in a quiet or secret way

Full Definition of PROWL

intransitive verb
:  to move about or wander stealthily in or as if in search of prey
transitive verb
:  to roam over in a predatory manner
prowl·er \ˈpra-lər\ noun

Examples of PROWL

  1. a tiger prowling in the jungle
  2. He moved like a tiger prowling the jungle.
  3. The police were prowling the streets in their patrol cars.
  4. He liked to prowl the streets late at night.
  5. I prowled the store looking for sales.
  6. I prowled through the store looking for sales.

Origin of PROWL

Middle English prollen
First Known Use: 14th century



: an act of moving through a place while searching for something : an act of prowling

Full Definition of PROWL

:  an act or instance of prowling
on the prowl
:  in the act of prowling; also :  in search of something <his fourth wife had just left him, and he was on the prowl again — Mary McCarthy>

Examples of PROWL

  1. a prowl through the bookshop

First Known Use of PROWL


Rhymes with PROWL

ON THE PROWL Defined for Kids


verb \ˈpral\

Definition of PROWL for Kids

:  to move about quietly and secretly in hunting or searching <Phoebe prowled through the house, examining the walls and carpet … — Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons>
prowl·er noun


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