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prowl

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verb \ˈprau̇(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of prowl

  • 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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to move about or wander stealthily in or as if in search of prey

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to roam over in a predatory manner

prowl·er play \ˈprau̇-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


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prowl

noun

Simple Definition of prowl

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

Full Definition of prowl

  1. :  an act or instance of prowling

on the prowl
  1. :  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



1803

First Known Use of prowl

1803

Rhymes with prowl



PROWL Defined for Kids

prowl

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verb \ˈprau̇l\

Definition of prowl

prowledprowl·ing

  1. :  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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