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Meaning of HOWL

Pronunciation:  hawl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a long loud emotional utterance; "he gave a howl of pain"; "howls of laughter"; "their howling had no effect"
  2. [n]  a loud sustained noise resembling the cry of a hound; "the howl of the wind made him restless"
  3. [n]  the long plaintive cry of a hound or a wolf
  4. [v]  laugh unrestrainedly and heartily
  5. [v]  make a loud noise, as of wind, water, or vehicles; "The wind was howling in the trees"; "The water roared down the chute"
  6. [v]  emit long loud cries; "wail in self-pity"; "howl with sorrow"
  7. [v]  cry loudly, as of animals; "The coyotes were howling in the desert"

HOWL is a 4 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: howling, roar, roar, ululate, ululation, wail, wrawl, yammer, yawl, yowl
 See Also: bawl, call, cry, cry, emit, express joy, express mirth, holler, hollo, laugh, let loose, let out, make noise, noise, noise, resound, scream, shout, shout out, squall, squeal, thunder, utter, utterance, vocalization, vroom, waul, wawl, yawp, yell



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Howl\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Howled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Howling}.] [OE. houlen, hulen; akin to D. huilen, MHG.
    hiulen, hiuweln, OHG. hiuwil[=o]n to exult, h?wo owl, Dan.
    hyle to howl.]
    1. To utter a loud, protraced, mournful sound or cry, as dogs
       and wolves often do.
             And dogs in corners set them down to howl.
             Methought a legion of foul fiends Environ'd me
             about, and howled in my ears.         --Shak.
    2. To utter a sound expressive of distress; to cry aloud and
       mournfully; to lament; to wail.
             Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand. --Is.
                                                   xiii. 6.
    3. To make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast.
             Wild howled the wind.                 --Sir W.
    {Howling monkey}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Howler}, 2.
    {Howling wilderness}, a wild, desolate place inhabited only
       by wild beasts. --Deut. xxxii. 10.
  2. \Howl\, v. t.
    To utter with outcry. ``Go . . . howl it out in deserts.''
  3. \Howl\, n.
    1. The protracted, mournful cry of a dog or a wolf, or other
       like sound.
    2. A prolonged cry of distress or anguish; a wail.
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