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growl

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verb \ˈgrau̇(-ə)l\

Definition of growl

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  rumble his stomach growledb :  to utter a growl the dog growled at the stranger

  3. 2 :  to complain angrily

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to utter with a growl :  utter angrily

Examples of growl in a Sentence

  1. I could hear a dog growling behind me.

  2. My stomach's been growling all morning.

  3. What do you want? he growled.

  4. He's always growling about the government.

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Origin and Etymology of growl

Middle English groulen, grollen


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growl

noun

Definition of growl

  1. :  a deep guttural inarticulate sound

Examples of growl in a Sentence

  1. The dog gave a menacing growl.

  2. He answered my question with a growl.

  3. We could hear a growl of thunder in the distance.

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First Known Use of growl

1715


GROWL Defined for English Language Learners

growl

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verb

Definition of growl for English Language Learners

  • of an animal : to make a deep threatening sound

  • : to make a low sound like the sound of a growling animal

  • : to say (something) in an angry way

growl

noun

Definition of growl for English Language Learners

  • : a deep sound made by an animal; also : a similar sound


GROWL Defined for Kids

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growl

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verb \ˈgrau̇l\

Definition of growl for Students

growled

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growling

  1. 1 :  to make a deep threatening sound The dog growled.

  2. 2 :  to make a low rumbling noise My stomach is growling.

  3. 3 :  to complain or say in an angry way “Only use them when we absolutely have to,” growled Azaz disgustedly. — Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth


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growl

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noun

Definition of growl for Students

  1. 1 :  a deep threatening sound (as of an animal)

  2. 2 :  a grumbling or muttered complaint



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