Pronunciation Noun

howl (plural howls)

  1. The protracted, mournful cry of a dog or a wolf, or other like sound.
  2. A prolonged cry of distress or anguish; a wail.
Translations Translations
  • Italian: guaito
  • Russian: вопль

howl (howls, present participle howling; past and past participle howled)

  1. To utter a loud, protracted, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do.
    • And dogs in corners set them down to howl.
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iv]:
      Methought a legion of foul fiends / Environ'd me about, and howled in my ears.
  2. To utter a sound expressive of pain or distress; to cry aloud and mournfully; to lament; to wail.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Isaiah 13:6 ↗:
      Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand.
  3. To make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast.
    • ? Walter Scott, The Poacher
  4. To utter with outcry.
    to howl derision
Translations Translations
  • Russian: завыва́ть
  • Spanish: gañir

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