howl

[houl]

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


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 down

howl down

verb

(tr, adverb) to prevent (a speaker) from being heard by shouting disapprovingly

howl

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

to express in a howl or utter such cries
(intr) (of the wind, etc) to make a wailing noise
(intr) informal to shout or laugh

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 down

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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