verb (used without object)
to utter a deep guttural sound of anger or hostility: The dog growled at the mail carrier.
to murmur or complain angrily; grumble.
to rumble: The thunder growled.
Jazz. to use flutter-tonguing in playing a wind instrument.
verb (used with object)
to express by growling.
the act or sound of growling.
Jazz. the technique of flutter-tonguing.

1350–1400; Middle English groule to rumble (said of the bowels); cognate with German grollen

growlingly, adverb
undergrowl, noun
ungrowling, adjective

2. See complain. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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growl (ɡraʊl)
1.  (of animals, esp when hostile) to utter (sounds) in a low inarticulate manner: the dog growled at us
2.  to utter (words) in a gruff or angry manner: he growled an apology
3.  (intr) to make sounds suggestive of an animal growling: the thunder growled around the lake
4.  the act or sound of growling
5.  jazz an effect resembling a growl, produced at the back of the throat when playing a wind instrument
[C18: from earlier grolle, from Old French grouller to grumble]

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Word Origin & History

1660s, from M.E. grolling "rumbling in the bowels" (late 14c.), from O.Fr. grouler "to rumble," said to be from Frank., probably ult. of imitative origin.
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Example sentences
They also make a specific polar bear warning sound, a hissing growl, that lets
  patrollers know when to be alert.
It was not a dog, or a puma, which has a much higher pitched growl.
But at last with a growl he shook his head and slouched off, for bears will not
  touch dead meat.
When one has seen the bear in the woods, he hears his growl in every bush.
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