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growl

[groul] /graʊl/
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter a deep guttural sound of anger or hostility:
The dog growled at the mail carrier.
2.
to murmur or complain angrily; grumble.
3.
to rumble:
The thunder growled.
4.
Jazz. to use flutter-tonguing in playing a wind instrument.
verb (used with object)
5.
to express by growling.
noun
6.
the act or sound of growling.
7.
Jazz. the technique of flutter-tonguing.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English groule to rumble (said of the bowels); cognate with German grollen
Related forms
growlingly, adverb
undergrowl, noun
ungrowling, adjective
Synonyms
2. See complain.
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Examples for growl
  • 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.
  • No hysterics, no scenes, and everyone has saved face without having to growl.
  • The dog would growl whenever the husband entered the room.
  • If they have an objection, they simply growl, and it soon becomes clear that their growls run the show.
  • 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.
  • They will pay for corruption with a growl, but seem to think that virtue ought always to be had for nothing.
  • But drive an hour south and that dusky sheep with its smoke-pit growl is nonexistent.
  • Then he'll retreat to a corner of the house, curl up into a tight little ball, and growl at anyone that comes near him.
British Dictionary definitions for growl

growl

/ɡraʊl/
verb
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.
(intransitive) to make sounds suggestive of an animal growling the thunder growled around the lake
noun
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
Derived Forms
growlingly, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from earlier grolle, from Old French grouller to grumble
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Word Origin and History for growl
growl
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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Slang definitions & phrases for growl

growl

verb

To complain; mutter angrily (1707+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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