- to utter a long, distressful or dismal cry, as an animal or a person; howl.
- a yowling cry; a howl.
Origin of yowl
1175–1225; Middle English yuhele, yule, youle, apparently from a cry of pain or distress yuhele; compare Old English geoh- (in geohthu grief)
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Examples from the Web for yowl
Just like all tomcats, every once in a while he has to stretch his claws and yowl.Skylark Three
Edward Elmer Smith
Are we to let t' other side run off wi' th' bone, then, while we sit on our stunts an' yowl for it?Aaron's Rod
D. H. Lawrence
Their poor mother pounced upon them with a yowl, but it was too late.Hawthorne and His Circle
He would let out a sort of yowl; "Little Joe, can't you do it?"The Conquest
With a yowl of surprise and fright, he tried to free himself from the mess.The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall
- to express with or produce a loud mournful wail or cry; howl
- a loud mournful cry; wail or howl
C13: from Old Norse gaula; related to German jaulen; see yawl ²
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Word Origin and History for yowl
early 13c., yuhelen, probably of imitative origin. The noun is recorded from mid-15c. Related: Yowled; yowling.
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