growl

[ groul ]
/ graʊl /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to express by growling.

noun

the act or sound of growling.
Jazz. the technique of flutter-tonguing.

Origin of growl

1350–1400; Middle English groule to rumble (said of the bowels); cognate with German grollen
Related formsgrowl·ing·ly, adverbun·der·growl, nounun·growl·ing, adjective

Synonym study

2. See complain.
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British Dictionary definitions for growl

growl

/ (ɡraʊl) /

verb

(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

noun

the act or sound of growling
jazz an effect resembling a growl, produced at the back of the throat when playing a wind instrument
Derived Formsgrowlingly, adverb

Word Origin for growl

C18: from earlier grolle, from Old French grouller to grumble
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