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howl

[ houl ]
/ haʊl /
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Definition of howl

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
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM howl

outhowl, verb (used with object)
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How to use howl in a sentence

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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