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growl

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verb \ˈgrau̇(-ə)l\

Definition of growl

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  rumble <his stomach growled> b :  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.

Origin and Etymology of growl

Middle English groulen, grollen


First Known Use: 14th century


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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.

1715

First Known Use of growl

1715


GROWL Defined for English Language Learners

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growl

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verb \ˈgrau̇(-ə)l\

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


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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

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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