Howl - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |haʊl|  American pronunciation of the word howl
Brit.  |haʊl|  British pronunciation of the word howl


- a long loud emotional utterance (syn: howling, ululation)
he gave a howl of pain
howls of laughter
their howling had no effect
- the long plaintive cry of a hound or a wolf
- a loud sustained noise resembling the cry of a hound
the howl of the wind made him restless


- emit long loud cries (syn: roar, ululate, wail, yaup, yawl)
howl with sorrow
- cry loudly, as of animals (syn: yammer, yowl)
The coyotes were howling in the desert
- make a loud noise, as of wind, water, or vehicles (syn: roar)
The wind was howling in the trees
- laugh unrestrainedly and heartily (syn: roar)

Extra examples

The dogs were howling at the moon.

...several coyotes began howling close by as the sun went down...

The dogs howled all night.

Upstairs, one of the twins began to howl (=cry).

Somewhere, someone was howling in pain.

He makes audiences howl with laughter.

Republicans have been howling for military intervention.

He let out a howl of anguish.

There were howls of protest.

This suggestion was greeted with howls of laughter.

The coyotes were howling in the desert

The wind was howling in the trees

The dog's bark and howl signify very different things.

The eerie howl of the siren sent chills up her spine.

The baby's howl turned to a high-pitched whine.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: howl
he/she/it: howls
present participle: howling
past tense: howled
past participle: howled
singular: howl
plural: howls
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