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

Other Words from growling

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

Examples of growling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Perhaps the most unlikely couple in movie history: a giant growling dog-man and a handsome space smuggler. Matt Miller, Esquire, 17 Jan. 2018 This way, no one will be running out to catch a train, or nursing a growling stomach. Maurie Backman, USA TODAY, 29 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of growling

1752, in the meaning defined above

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“Growling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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