- 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 growled
The singer Tom Jones growled hits like “Delilah” with shirts sweatily slashed to the navel.Jude Law and the Great Male ‘He-Vage’ Crisis
May 20, 2014
“He once growled at the cat over a frozen pea that fell in the kitchen,” Mellon says.Meet Butters, the Christmas Dog Model
December 25, 2013
“The Likud is not a political garbage can,” Likud MK Danny Danon growled.Kadima Marches Backwards
July 24, 2012
He turned his head to look up at me and growled, “Get the hell out of here.”Inside Seal Team Six by Don Mann Excerpt
December 4, 2011
"Diablo's a squealing pig if there ever was one," growled Dixon.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
“You are too transcendental for me,” growled Ossipon, with moody concern.
“I am not making a face,” growled the annoyed Ossipon bearishly.
"We shall do as we please," growled Number Ten, baring his fangs.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Some of them squealed and some of them growled when dragged out to die.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
- (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 growled
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.