howl·​ing ˈhau̇-liŋ How to pronounce howling (audio)
: producing or marked by a sound resembling a howl
a howling storm
: desolate, wild
a howling wilderness
: very great : pronounced
a howling success
howlingly adverb

Examples of howling in a Sentence

The movie was a howling success.
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Word History

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of howling was in 1599

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“Howling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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