Pronunciation Noun

growl (plural growls)

  1. A deep#Adjective|deep, rumbling#Adjective|rumbling, threatening#Adjective|threatening sound#Noun|sound made in the throat by an animal.
  2. (by extension) The rumbling sound made by a person's stomach when hungry.
  3. (by extension) An aggressive grumbling#Noun|grumbling.
    • 1843 December 18, Charles Dickens, “Stave I. Marley’s Ghost.”, in A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, London: Chapman & Hall, […], OCLC 55746801 ↗, page 18 ↗:
      The clerk promised that he would; and Scrooge walked out with a growl. The office was closed in a twinkling, and the clerk, with the long ends of his white comforter dangling below his waist (for he boasted no great-coat), went down a slide on Cornhill, at the end of a lane of boys, twenty times, in honour of its being Christmas Eve, and then ran home to Camden Town as hard as he could pelt, to play at blindman's-buff.
  4. (jazz, by extension) A low-pitched rumbling sound produce#Verb|produced with a wind instrument.
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growl (growls, present participle growling; past and past participle growled)

  1. (intransitive) To utter#Verb|utter a deep#Adjective|deep guttural sound#Noun|sound, as an angry animal; to give forth an angry, grumbling#Adjective|grumbling sound.
    Synonyms: gnar, gnarl, gurl, snarl
    The dog growled at me as I walked past.
    • 1692, Roger L’Estrange, “[The Fables of Æsop, &c.] Fab[le] CLV. A Shepherd and a Wolves Whelp [Reflexion].”, in Fables, of Æsop and Other Eminent Mythologists: […], London: Printed for R[ichard] Sare, […], OCLC 228727523 ↗, page 6 ↗:
      [T]here are Wolf-Whelps in Palaces, and Governments, as well as in Cottages, and Foreſts. […] They go out however, as there is Occaſion, and Hunt and Growle for Company; but at the ſame time, they give the Sign out of their Maſters hand, hold Intelligence with the Enemy; and Make uſe of their Power and Credit to Worry Honeſter Men them Themſelves.
  2. (intransitive, jazz) Of a wind instrument: to produce#Verb|produce a low-pitched rumbling sound.
  3. (intransitive, software) To send a user a message#Noun|message via the Growl software library.
  4. (transitive) To express#Verb|express (something) by growling#Noun|growling.
    The old man growled his displeasure at the postman.
  5. (transitive, jazz) To play#Verb|play a wind instrument in a way that produces a low-pitched rumbling sound.
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