\ ˈprau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce prowl (audio) \
prowled; prowling; prowls

Definition of prowl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move about or wander stealthily in or as if in search of prey

transitive verb

: to roam over in a predatory manner



Definition of prowl (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of prowling
on the prowl
: in the act of prowling also : in search of something his fourth wife had just left him, and he was on the prowl again — Mary McCarthy

Examples of prowl in a Sentence

Verb a tiger prowling in the jungle He moved like a tiger prowling the jungle. The police were prowling the streets in their patrol cars. He liked to prowl the streets late at night. I prowled the store looking for sales. I prowled through the store looking for sales. Noun a prowl through the bookshop See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb King Kong and Godzilla will prowl Caldera from May 11 to May 25. Hawken Miller, Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Mobile units will mostly prowl St. James' Parish and St. John the Baptist Parish, where the Denka Performance Elastomer chemical plant, once owned by DuPont, sits within 1,500 feet of an elementary school and can be seen from dozens of homes. Darryl Fears,, 26 Jan. 2022 The nearby volcano blackened the sky and swallowed the city in clouds of ash; centuries later, robot dogs now prowl the ruins, guarding the city's dead against the ravages of time. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 1 Apr. 2022 Big cats prowl large swaths of the United States, but few other cities would allow a cougar to live in their midst for a decade, let alone embrace him, scientists say. Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Weekend thrifters might prowl the End in Yucca Valley or the nearby Sky Village Market Place. Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2022 From the dolphins of Hainan to the massive tigers that prowl the remote reaches of Heilongjiang, there’s no shortage of fascinating creatures to be found all throughout the country. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 29 Jan. 2022 Large logistics companies like Penske Logistics and DHL are likely to prowl for partnerships and acquisitions of growing supply chain software and hardware companies. Mergermarket, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 On Lake Wheeler, winter is prime time to land one of the giant blue catfish that prowl the depths. Frank Sargeant, al, 17 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Amelia and Emily Nagoski demonstrate how a stressor is like a lion on the prowl. Cheria Young, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Best of Cleveland team is on the prowl to find the tastiest Caribbean food on the North Coast. cleveland, 8 June 2022 After months of inactivity over the chilly winter and early spring, the reptiles are once again basking in the sun and on the prowl. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 June 2022 The entire project is a risk in an era when social media watchdogs are always on the prowl for missteps. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021 When Kravitz is on the prowl, the red carpet truly belongs to no one else. Vogue, 1 Mar. 2022 Saweetie suited up as Halle Berry's Catwoman for Halloween this year, and her rooftop prowl got the blessing from none other than the woman who wore the ears first. Sara Netzley,, 30 Oct. 2021 Now, a year later, its prowl has turned into a pounce. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 12 June 2021 Colts linebacker Darius Leonard dropped into the flat and kept his eyes locked on Derek Carr like a cat on the prowl. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of prowl


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1803, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prowl


Middle English prollen

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23 May 2022

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\ ˈprau̇l How to pronounce prowl (audio) \
prowled; prowling

Kids Definition of prowl

: to move about quietly and secretly in hunting or searching Phoebe prowled through the house, examining the walls and carpet …— Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons

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prowler noun

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