- producing or uttering a howling noise: a howling mob.
- desolate, dismal, or dreary: a howling wilderness.
- Informal. very great; tremendous: a howling success.
Origin of howling
- to utter a loud, prolonged, mournful cry, as that of a dog or wolf.
- to utter a similar cry in distress, pain, rage, etc.; wail.
- to make a sound like an animal howling: The wind howls through the trees.
- Informal. to go on a spree; enjoy oneself without restraint.
- to utter with howls: to howl the bad news.
- to drive or force by howls (often followed by down): to howl down the opposition.
- the cry of a dog, wolf, etc.
- a cry or wail, as of pain, rage, or protest.
- a sound like wailing: the howl of the wind.
- a loud, scornful laugh or yell.
- something that causes a laugh or a scornful yell, as a joke or funny or embarrassing situation.
Origin of howl
Related Words for howlingmoan, growl, groan, yelp, wail, roar, whimper, hoot, outcry, shriek, bellow, clamor, lament, whine, bawl, bay, keen, shout, quest, bark
Examples from the Web for howling
Contemporary Examples of howling
I had expected Alaska to be miserably cold, with howling winds and fierce storms.Visiting the Arctic Circle…Before It’s Irreversibly Changed
Terry Greene Sterling
April 1, 2014
Conservative groups spent Tuesday howling at Boehner's betrayal.House Passes Clean Debt Ceiling Extension With Limited GOP Support
February 11, 2014
After all, a number of writers are howling about it and it clearly serves as an obstacle in the current era of voting.The Baseball Hall of Fame is a Mess
January 9, 2014
Then, she gets on the hood of his Ferrari, hikes up her skirt, and… grinds on it to completion, howling with ecstasy.The 10 Best Movie Sex Scenes of 2013: ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color,’ ‘Spring Breakers,’ and More
December 19, 2013
How many more masseuses will be left out in the howling wind?New iPhone a Problem for People Who Lack Fingerprints
September 12, 2013
Historical Examples of howling
Now the wind came like a wolf down the Murchison Pass, howling and moaning.Way of the Lawless
I was prodding for my food into a camp-kettle when they were howling for their pap.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
It was simply a concert of howling monkeys that had so terrified me!Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
In an instant the little room was filled with howling, fighting men.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
It's sent as a warning to repent you of your sins, and it's howling because it hates to go back.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
- (prenominal) informal (intensifier)a howling success; a howling error
- a long plaintive cry or wail characteristic of a wolf or hound
- a similar cry of pain or sorrow
- a person or thing that is very funny
- a prolonged outburst of laughter
- electronics an unwanted prolonged high-pitched sound produced by a sound-producing system as a result of feedback
- 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
early 13c., houlen, probably ultimately of imitative origin; similar formations are found in other Germanic languages. Related: Howled; howling. As a noun from 1590s.