howl

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verb \ˈhau̇(-ə)l\

Definition of howl

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to emit a loud sustained doleful sound characteristic of members of the dog family

  3. 2 :  to cry out loudly and without restraint under strong impulse (as pain, grief, or amusement)

  4. 3 :  to go on a spree or rampage

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to utter with unrestrained outcry

  7. 2 :  to drown out or cause to fail by adverse outcry —used especially with down

howl

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Examples of howl in a sentence

  1. The dogs were howling at the moon.

  2. <several coyotes began howling close by as the sun went down>

Origin and Etymology of howl

Middle English houlen; akin to Middle High German hiulen to howl


First Known Use: 14th century



HOWL Defined for English Language Learners

howl

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verb \ˈhau̇(-ə)l\

Definition of howl for English Language Learners

  • of a dog, wolf, etc. : to make a long, loud cry that sounds sad

  • of the wind : to make a long, loud sound

  • : to cry out loudly in pain, anger, amusement, etc.


HOWL Defined for Kids

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howl

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verb \ˈhau̇l\

Definition of howl for Students

howled

howling

  1. 1 :  to make a loud long mournful cry or sound <Wolves howled at the moon.> <Wind was howling through the trees.>

  2. 2 :  to cry out loudly (as with pain or amusement) <The audience howled with laughter.>


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howl

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Definition of howl for Students

  1. 1 :  a loud long mournful sound made by dogs and related animals (as wolves)

  2. 2 :  a long loud cry (as of distress, disappointment, or rage) <A howl … of dismay went up from the creatures … — C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe>



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