verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of prowl
Examples from the Web for prowling
Austin takes on the bulk of the physical scouting, prowling the streets in search of interesting sites.A Most Illegal Adventure with New York City’s Wildest Underground Event Planners|Nina Strochlic|December 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Undoubtedly his committee's investigators are still out there prowling around.
I felt little alarm about the natives, but I was afraid that some prowling beast might attack him.In the Wilds of Africa|W.H.G. Kingston
When I was free I tore a black-maned lion to pieces for prowling round our den.Acrobats and Mountebanks|Hugues Le Roux
At least twenty times she trembled violently when a little stone rolled in the rivulet, or a prowling animal jumped over the wall.The Dream|Emile Zola
Prowling through the silent metal lounges and passages, I went to the door of A22.Brigands of the Moon|Ray Cummings
The servitors were terrified to see them prowling around each other.The Legend of Ulenspiegel, Vol. II (of 2)|Charles de Coster
- moving around stealthily
- zealously pursuing members of the opposite sex
Word Origin for prowl
mid-15c., verbal noun from prowl (v.).
late 14c., prollen, "move about in search of something," of unknown origin, with no known cognates. Spelling with -w- is from 1500s (cf. bowl), but pronounced "prôll" till late 18c. Meaning "go stealthily in search of prey" is first recorded 1580s. Related: Prowled; prowling. The noun, in on the prowl, is attested from 1803.