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[hou-lit] /ˈhaʊ lɪt/
noun, British Dialect.
an owl or owlet.
Origin of howlet
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; perhaps < French hulotte wood-owl, perhaps derivative of Middle French huler to howl < Germanic; see howl Unabridged
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  • howlet's expression suggested that he was searching his memory.

    Fee of the Frontier Horace Brown Fyfe
  • "Glad to meet you and Mr. howlet," said the one called McNaughton.

    Fee of the Frontier Horace Brown Fyfe
  • We ordered a thermos pot of coffee and howlet asked me about McNaughton.

    Fee of the Frontier Horace Brown Fyfe
  • "Maybe we won't need to impose on you any more, Tony," said howlet.

    Fee of the Frontier Horace Brown Fyfe
  • At last, one fine day Mr. howlet was seen to drive up to the Hall, and take in with him a large document.

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  • howlet here, howlet there, Jenny, ye ken weel his auld brass will buy you a new pan.

  • It would have been nice to see Meadows wind up rich, or for howlet to become mayor of the dome, but what could I do?

    Fee of the Frontier Horace Brown Fyfe
  • And I heard close at hand the call of an owl, as like the whimper of a child as ever howlet's vesper mocked.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • "But I was not thinking of going there to-night," she added, and the howlet in the bush beside me hooted at my ignominy.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • My dear friend, I knew, had his own difficulties, though he was not exactly as poor as a howlet.

British Dictionary definitions for howlet


(archaic, poetic) another word for owl
Word Origin
C15: diminutive of howleowl
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