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
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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
My stomach growled louder as the food was within reaching distance.
Meanwhile the reporters listened, scribbled furiously on their notepads, and
  sighed wearily as their stomachs growled from hunger.
The dogs growled some, and then started barking again.
The team also measured when the dogs growled at their guests.
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