howl

[ houl ]
/ haʊl /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to utter with howls: to howl the bad news.
to drive or force by howls (often followed by down): to howl down the opposition.

noun


Nearby words

  1. however much,
  2. howf,
  3. howff,
  4. howitzer,
  5. howk,
  6. howl down,
  7. howland island,
  8. howler,
  9. howlet,
  10. howlin' wolf

Origin of howl

1300–50; Middle English hulen, houlen (v.); cognate with Dutch huilen, Low German hülen, German heulen, Danish hyle; akin to Old Norse ȳla

Related formsout·howl, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for howl

howl

/ (haʊl) /

noun

a long plaintive cry or wail characteristic of a wolf or hound
a similar cry of pain or sorrow
slang
  1. a person or thing that is very funny
  2. a prolonged outburst of laughter
electronics an unwanted prolonged high-pitched sound produced by a sound-producing system as a result of feedback

verb

Word Origin for howl

C14: houlen; related to Middle High German hiuweln, Middle Dutch hūlen, Danish hyle

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Word Origin and History for howl

howl

v.

early 13c., houlen, probably ultimately of imitative origin; similar formations are found in other Germanic languages. Related: Howled; howling. As a noun from 1590s.

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