howlet

[hou-lit]

Origin of howlet

1425–75; late Middle English; perhaps < French hulotte wood-owl, perhaps derivative of Middle French huler to howl < Germanic; see howl
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Historical Examples of howlet

  • Howlet's expression suggested that he was searching his memory.

    Fee of the Frontier

    Horace Brown Fyfe

  • "Glad to meet you and Mr. Howlet," said the one called McNaughton.

    Fee of the Frontier

    Horace Brown Fyfe

  • We ordered a thermos pot of coffee and Howlet asked me about McNaughton.

    Fee of the Frontier

    Horace Brown Fyfe

  • "Maybe we won't need to impose on you any more, Tony," said Howlet.

    Fee of the Frontier

    Horace Brown Fyfe

  • At last, one fine day Mr. Howlet was seen to drive up to the Hall, and take in with him a large document.


British Dictionary definitions for howlet

howlet

noun
  1. archaic, poetic another word for owl

Word Origin for howlet

C15: diminutive of howle owl
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