growl·​ing ˈgrau̇-liŋ How to pronounce growling (audio)
: marked by a growl
a low growling voice
listened to the growling thunder
growlingly adverb

Examples of growling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The world's complex environmental issues demand open minds, fresh perspectives, and less growling. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 22 June 2012 Sometimes animatronic and growling, sometimes staring out dead-eyed, classic and static. Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune, 15 June 2022 Under this gesturing, growling, fiery sprite of a dude, the team is sturdier, more focused, playing harder, playing smarter. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2021 Getty Images / AndreyPopov) Going to bed with a growling stomach isn’t great, either. Lindsey Vickers, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2020 But be mindful of the wind, which can turn Lyon Oaks into a growling beast. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2019 Be wary of the wind, which can turn Lyon Oaks into a growling beast. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 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, 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,, 15 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1752, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of growling was in 1752

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Cite this Entry

“Growling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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