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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 of growl
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 from the Web for growl
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  • No wonder; night was closing in, the thunder was beginning to growl and echo through the forest and rain to fall in big drops.

    Allan and the Holy Flower H. Rider Haggard
  • The clerk promised that he would; and Scrooge walked out with a growl.

    A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
  • With difficulty he gained control over his breathing, and managed to growl, "No, I'm not related to him."

  • But none of you has answered my question: Where is my growl?

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • "I say the cat purrs; I do not call it a growl," said Al-ice.

    Alice in Wonderland J.C. Gorham
  • There was a heavy thud, the rolling of a black mass on the ground, a gasp, a growl!

    The Story of Wool Sara Ware Bassett
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
v.

1660s, from Middle English grollen "to rumble, growl" (early 15c.), from Old French grouler "to rumble," said to be from Frankish; probably ultimately of imitative origin. Related: Growled; growling. The noun is 1727, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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