Pronunciation Noun

owl (plural owls)

  1. Any of various birds of prey of the order Strigiformes that are primarily nocturnal and have forward-looking, binocular vision, limited eye movement, and good hearing. [from 8th c.]
  2. (by extension) A person seen as having owl-like characteristics, especially appearing wise or serious, or being nocturnally active. [from 14th c.]
    Antonyms: lark
  3. The owl pigeon. [from 18th c.]
  4. (politics, uncommon) A politician with moderate views that are neither hawkish nor dovish.
  5. Any of various nymphalid butterflies having large eyespots on the wings.
Translations Verb

owl (owls, present participle owling; past and past participle owled)

  1. (archaic, intransitive) To smuggle contraband goods.


owl (plural owls)

  1. (computer languages) Initialism of Web Ontology Language

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