OTHER WORDS FROM growlygrowl·i·ness, noun
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What does growly mean?
Growly means resembling a growl—a deep, rumbling grrrrr sound made in the throat, like a guard dog makes when there is an intruder.
Growling is most often associated with dogs, but other animals can make growly sounds, such as bears. People can do this, too—a young child might make growly noises when throwing a tantrum. Sometimes, it’s used in the context of a thing that’s making a deep rumbling sound, as in There were a lot of growly engine noises coming from the garage.
Example: You know how growly he can get before he’s had his morning coffee.
Where does growly come from?
The first records of the word growly come from around 1920. Its base word, growl, comes from the Middle English groule, meaning “to rumble.” This word referred not to a rumbling of the throat but of the bowels.
We still use growl in this sense today—to say that your stomach is growly means that it is making rumbling sounds, typically because you’re hungry. The word growl always involves a low-pitched sound, but it also often implies that the sound is being made out of hostility or anger. Stomachs can’t get angry, of course, but saying that your stomach is growly can humorously imply that it’s upset because it wants more food.
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How is growly used in real life?
Growly can be used in the context of rumbling sounds, hungry stomachs, and grouchy people, but it’s not all that commonly used.
Try going from the top of your range all the way to your bottom in your head voice and see if you can make a growly noise like that like a puppy. Once you feel it you’ll always be able to access the puppy growl https://t.co/pYcrGQG5WM
— anthony green (@AnthonyGreen) November 6, 2020
Each Batman movie is gonna be shot so dark that by 2033 it will devolve into a fully black screen with a guy barking in a growly voice, some punching sounds, an overbearing orchestral score, and that's IT, for three hours
— Matthew Perpetua (@perpetua) August 24, 2020
I've got a growly tummy but if I eat now I'll be fridge raiding later.
— Ann (without the E) (@AnniMurf) August 18, 2020
Try using growly!
Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of growly?
How to use growly in a sentence
Here comes Tyson's team, a dozen bodyguards, growly and hard, in black leather hats that say KICK ASS.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull|Mark Jacobson|March 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"Now just don't you overdo this Lord-of-Creation business, Mr. Man," says a deep, growly voice.The Adventures of a Grain of Dust|Hallam Hawksworth
That senile old substitute of yours—the Dock—has been as growly-powly as a bear to-day.Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions|Slason Thompson
Grumpy-growly, the father, was a jolly, cross old fellow—oh!Red, White, Blue Socks, Part First|Sarah L Barrow