verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of howl
Examples from the Web for howl
That whole subplot seemed to me like a reference to the Ginsberg poem “Howl” and the idea of man rebelling against the status quo.
But really, all this fanfare seems more like a howl for Washington's attention and a ploy for PR.
With characters like Allen Ginsberg [in Howl], my love for him started with his work when I was a teenager.James Franco On ‘Sal,’ Banksy, His Gay Fascination, and That Faulkner Cover|Marlow Stern|November 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Wouldn't even pay attention to the packs of feral Iraqi hounds that yap and howl all through the night when people walk by.Marine First Lieutenant Nathan Krissoff’s Last Letters Home From Iraq|Matt Pottinger|May 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Conservatives on Twitter howl derisively at these polls as if their purveyors are offering alchemical cures for venereal disease.Michael Tomasky on the Coming Post-Election GOP Freak Out|Michael Tomasky|November 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Another blow on the sand, a howl, and a furious burst from the monkey, who spat and scolded more fiercely.Mother Carey's Chicken|George Manville Fenn
The Tigercat, forced to confess himself foiled, uttered a howl like a wild beast.Stoneheart|Gustave Aimard
The waggoner took no notice of the circumstance at first, until the dog set up a howl and refused to leave the spot.Tales of the Wonder Club, Volume II|Alexander Huth
The howl of the wolf began to be audible to him; distant, as yet, but still gradually drawing nearer.The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1|John Charles Dent
The motion of the wind and of the branches excited me, made me tear about as if I were crazy, and howl in imitation of the wolves.Original Short Stories, Volume 5 (of 13)|Guy de Maupassant
British Dictionary definitions for howl
- a person or thing that is very funny
- a prolonged outburst of laughter
Word Origin for howl
Word Origin and History for howl
early 13c., houlen, probably ultimately of imitative origin; similar formations are found in other Germanic languages. Related: Howled; howling. As a noun from 1590s.