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[youl] /yaʊl/
verb (used without object)
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) Unabridged
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  • Then he gave a yowl which rang through the schoolroom, providing exhilarating diversion to two hundred lifted heads.

  • Just like all tomcats, every once in a while he has to stretch his claws and yowl.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • With a yowl of surprise and fright, he tried to free himself from the mess.

    The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall Spencer Davenport
  • 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
  • Hippity-Hop gave a yowl of fear, and twisted to scratch Jan's eyes, but he gripped her firmly, though his teeth did not hurt her.

    Prince Jan, St. Bernard Forrestine C. Hooker
  • He would let out a sort of yowl; "Little Joe, can't you do it?"

    The Conquest Oscar Micheaux
  • The handy man let out a yowl of pain and leaped for the watering trough beside the corral, smoke trailing behind him.

    Make Mine Homogenized Rick Raphael
  • Suddenly there was a vicious click; and with a spit and a yowl the lynx started as if to jump into the air.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Well, jest as I was finished, and was a saying amen, the lordy mercy what a yowl something did give right over me in a tree!

    Hoosier Mosaics Maurice Thompson
  • The beast was actually in pursuit, but it stopped at a distance of thirty feet, and uttered a yowl of disappointment.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
British Dictionary definitions for yowl


to express with or produce a loud mournful wail or cry; howl
a loud mournful cry; wail or howl
Derived Forms
yowler, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse gaula; related to German jaulen; see yawl²
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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