- to utter a loud, prolonged, mournful cry, as that of a dog or wolf.
- to utter a similar cry in distress, pain, rage, etc.; wail.
- to make a sound like an animal howling: The wind howls through the trees.
- Informal. to go on a spree; enjoy oneself without restraint.
- to utter with howls: to howl the bad news.
- to drive or force by howls (often followed by down): to howl down the opposition.
- the cry of a dog, wolf, etc.
- a cry or wail, as of pain, rage, or protest.
- a sound like wailing: the howl of the wind.
- a loud, scornful laugh or yell.
- something that causes a laugh or a scornful yell, as a joke or funny or embarrassing situation.
Origin of howl
Examples from the Web for howled
The Scythians doing this howled with joy, according to the Father of History.This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs
July 28, 2014
If Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker were mayor of Chicago, labor and allies would have howled him down.Did Rahm Blink?
September 19, 2012
The president had howled with laughter and sent Buckey, his personal aide, out to find her missing shoe.Meet the First Female President
October 17, 2010
But whether they were good or not, he howled when he told them.CBS' Bob Simon Remembers Don Hewitt
August 19, 2009
Hippy said he pounded and shouted and howled and wailed and pounded some more.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Then we howled the top of the roof off, and I for one fell in love with Carlin on the spot.American Notes
"For the last time I give you the opportunity," the Mercutian howled—in English.
"You shall pay for this," howled the Mercutian, finding voice again.
One of the Indians then stationed himself as a decoy, and howled like a wolf.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
- a long plaintive cry or wail characteristic of a wolf or hound
- a similar cry of pain or sorrow
- a person or thing that is very funny
- a prolonged outburst of laughter
- electronics an unwanted prolonged high-pitched sound produced by a sound-producing system as a result of feedback
- to express in a howl or utter such cries
- (intr) (of the wind, etc) to make a wailing noise
- (intr) informal to shout or laugh
Word Origin and History for howled
early 13c., houlen, probably ultimately of imitative origin; similar formations are found in other Germanic languages. Related: Howled; howling. As a noun from 1590s.