\ ˈyau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce yowl (audio) \
yowled; yowling; yowls

Definition of yowl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to utter a loud long cry of grief, pain, or distress : wail
2 : to complain or protest with or as if with yowls

transitive verb

: to express with yowling



Definition of yowl (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud long mournful wail or howl (as of a cat)

Synonyms & Antonyms for yowl

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of yowl in a Sentence

Verb The cat was yowling outside. He was yowling in pain. Noun the cat gave a yowl of anger
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some breeds, like Siamese cats, meow and yowl more than others. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 23 July 2022 In normal times, life in any city means a constant barrage of sounds: car horns, yowling cats, heated arguments from windows overhead—often over inconsequential things. Samer Kalaf, The New Republic, 10 Apr. 2020 Sirens yowled and vents whistled; a motorcycle potato-potato-potatoed and a can skittered on the concrete. Bianca Bosker, The Atlantic, 8 Oct. 2019 The bleacher bums behind me began to emit guttural effusions, a sort of existential, yowling yodel. Michael Powell, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2019 Detuned guitars warble from the corners of songs; the visuals go medieval; the dark lord Ozzy Osbourne yowls one chorus. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 9 Sep. 2019 Some, at 15, were already fantasizing about marshaling breakfast for whining, barking, yowling households. Sarah Ruden, National Review, 22 Aug. 2019 Or your just moved-in, very sweet neighbors with the sick, yowling cat? Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 12 Nov. 2018 My normally mild-mannered dog lost her mind, yowling and dancing around the kitchen until someone, anyone, would give her even the smallest morsel of cheese. Molly Fitzpatrick, Bon Appetit, 26 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then, a human yowl cuts through with the urgency of a distress signal. New York Times, 27 June 2022 Stop pausing to yowl when a call doesn’t go your way. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 18 May 2022 The wind rose to a sustained yowl, shredded the treetops, racked the old lean-to, seemed to be swelling toward a terrible end. Earl Swift, Outside Online, 2 Sep. 2015 As usual, his instinctive approach and trademark yowl created additional ambiguities: there are ghost words here. Brad Shoup, Billboard, 24 Mar. 2022 But, when Yarielis suddenly turned red, opening her mouth in a silent, tearful yowl, the children screamed for their mother to help her. Amanda Milkovits, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Dec. 2021 The song is a bluesy slow-burner packed with the singer's signature yowl, and is featured prominently in the Season 2 finale of the Juliette Lewis-starring FacebookWatch series Sacred Lies. Claire Lobenfeld, EW.com, 9 Apr. 2020 Hearses and Gucci furs and callous relationship advice and desperate questioning all get strung together in drowsy yowls with strikingly logical syntax. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 8 Dec. 2019 Miley Cyrus, in her rodeo yowl on the song, warns some boy to quit it with the pet names. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 5 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of yowl


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yowl


Middle English

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“Yowl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yowl. Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for yowl


\ ˈyau̇l How to pronounce yowl (audio) \
yowled; yowling

Kids Definition of yowl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to utter a loud long cry (as of pain or suffering)



Kids Definition of yowl (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud long cry (as of pain or suffering)

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