growl·​ing | \ ˈgrau̇-liŋ How to pronounce growling (audio) \

Definition of growling

: marked by a growl a low growling voice listened to the growling thunder

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growlingly \ ˈgrau̇-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce growlingly (audio) \ adverb

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Be wary of the wind, which can turn Lyon Oaks into a growling beast. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Top 10 metro Detroit public golf courses for 2018," 6 July 2018 Who can forget the wonder embedded in gifts of ribbon candy, or the crackling fat of the roasted pig that signaled abundance and the passing of years, or the growling hunger of a long winter? Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The delectable possibility and bland reality of Sweetbitter," 25 May 2018 Put the bag in a backpack and give it to a schoolchild who lives with empty pantries and a growling stomach. Beth Thames,, "Help hungry kids by supporting Food Bank backpack program," 15 Mar. 2018 Perhaps the most unlikely couple in movie history: a giant growling dog-man and a handsome space smuggler. Matt Miller, Esquire, "The Young Han Solo Movie Will Answer One of the Biggest Questions in Star Wars," 17 Jan. 2018 This way, no one will be running out to catch a train, or nursing a growling stomach. Maurie Backman, USA TODAY, "Feeling underpaid at work? You're not alone," 29 Aug. 2017 That’s when Murray isn’t within growling distance of his family box, where his entourage has long been tasked with the chore of reprocessing all of the player’s ire into unrestrained assurance. Harvey Araton, New York Times, "Just What an Emotional Andy Murray May Need: A Coach Who Isn’t," 1 Sep. 2016 The young stunner from Chicago linked up with the alt-pop princess for a discordant bit of growling bass. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Whethan & Charli XCX Rep the 'Love Gang' With Growling Bass: Watch," 27 Apr. 2017 Adding to this was the fact that all RV sites have electric hookups, eliminating the need for the growling generators that mute all natural sounds. Erin Kirkland, Alaska Dispatch News, "New K’esugi Ken Campground: Go for the views, stay for the fun," 4 July 2017

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First Known Use of growling

1752, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of growling was in 1752

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marked by a state of overwhelming emotion

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