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[grou-lee] /ˈgraʊ li/
adjective, growlier, growliest.
resembling a growl in pitch and harshness:
This cold has made my voice growly.
irritable; grouchy.
Origin of growly
First recorded in 1915-20; growl + -y1
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growliness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Val, uttering a growly sound, followed her towards the house.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • His coolness in the circumstances was evinced by the remarks muttered to himself in a growly tone as the bull approached.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • They were surly, growly, ill-tempered birds, and were apt to make themselves very disagreeable if one met them after dark.

    The Joyous Story of Toto Laura E. Richards
  • "Now just don't you overdo this Lord-of-Creation business, Mr. Man," says a deep, growly voice.

  • Perhaps it is high pitched and squeaky; or, on the other hand, a "growly" bass suggestive of ill-nature.

    Certain Success Norval A. Hawkins

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