howling

[ hou-ling ]
/ ˈhaʊ lɪŋ /

adjective

producing or uttering a howling noise: a howling mob.
desolate, dismal, or dreary: a howling wilderness.
Informal. very great; tremendous: a howling success.

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Origin of howling

1250–1300; Middle English houlinge (gerund); see howl, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM howling

howl·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for howling

howling
/ (ˈhaʊlɪŋ) /

adjective

(prenominal) informal (intensifier)a howling success; a howling error

Derived forms of howling

howlingly, adverb
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