- to utter a deep guttural sound of anger or hostility: The dog growled at the mail carrier.
- to murmur or complain angrily; grumble.
- to rumble: The thunder growled.
- Jazz. to use flutter-tonguing in playing a wind instrument.
- to express by growling.
- the act or sound of growling.
- Jazz. the technique of flutter-tonguing.
Origin of growl
Examples from the Web for growl
Students moan and growl and shriek and yawp, as if exorcising demons in a ritualistic ceremony.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
She smiles, which sounds like a small thing, but a lot of Republicans growl.With Ernst and Gardner, Republicans Think They’ve Found the Formula
November 4, 2014
When she moves in toward him, he turns his back with a growl.Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band
March 15, 2014
“A growl and a shake,” the attorney, Jasper Monti, tells The Daily Beast.Woman Bites Her Dog, Illinois Police Say, Charging Analise Garner With the Assault
May 1, 2012
The voice, too, when he spoke, was as deep and as fierce as the growl of a beast of prey.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The head-master bowed to the bishop, and walked away, leaving Ketch on the growl.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
They barely raised their heads to growl, and did not answer Pierre's questions.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Beyond a growl or a grunt, the dog took its punishment silently.
This growl he could not suppress; nor did the man-animal resent it by giving him a blow on the head.
- (of animals, esp when hostile) to utter (sounds) in a low inarticulate mannerthe dog growled at us
- to utter (words) in a gruff or angry mannerhe growled an apology
- (intr) to make sounds suggestive of an animal growlingthe thunder growled around the lake
- the act or sound of growling
- jazz an effect resembling a growl, produced at the back of the throat when playing a wind instrument
Word Origin and History for growl
1660s, from Middle English grollen "to rumble, growl" (early 15c.), from Old French grouler "to rumble," said to be from Frankish; probably ultimately of imitative origin. Related: Growled; growling. The noun is 1727, from the verb.