yowl

[youl]

verb (used without object)

to utter a long, distressful or dismal cry, as an animal or a person; howl.

noun

a yowling cry; a howl.

Nearby words

  1. youths,
  2. youtube,
  3. yow,
  4. yowe,
  5. yowie,
  6. yowler,
  7. yowza,
  8. ypres,
  9. ypsilanti,
  10. ypsilon

Origin of yowl

1175–1225; Middle English yuhele, yule, youle, apparently from a cry of pain or distress yuhele; compare Old English geoh- (in geohthu grief)

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British Dictionary definitions for yowl

yowl

verb

to express with or produce a loud mournful wail or cry; howl

noun

a loud mournful cry; wail or howl
Derived Formsyowler, noun

Word Origin for yowl

C13: from Old Norse gaula; related to German jaulen; see yawl ²

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Word Origin and History for yowl

yowl

v.

early 13c., yuhelen, probably of imitative origin. The noun is recorded from mid-15c. Related: Yowled; yowling.

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