verb (used without object)
to utter a loud, prolonged, mournful cry, as that of a dog or wolf.
to utter a similar cry in distress, pain, rage, etc.; wail.
to make a sound like an animal howling: The wind howls through the trees.
Informal. to go on a spree; enjoy oneself without restraint.
verb (used with object)
to utter with howls: to howl the bad news.
to drive or force by howls (often followed by down ): to howl down the opposition.
the cry of a dog, wolf, etc.
a cry or wail, as of pain, rage, or protest.
a sound like wailing: the howl of the wind.
a loud, scornful laugh or yell.
something that causes a laugh or a scornful yell, as a joke or funny or embarrassing situation.

1300–50; Middle English hulen, houlen (v.); cognate with Dutch huilen, Low German hülen, German heulen, Danish hyle; akin to Old Norse ȳla

outhowl, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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howl (haʊl)
1.  a long plaintive cry or wail characteristic of a wolf or hound
2.  a similar cry of pain or sorrow
3.  slang
 a.  a person or thing that is very funny
 b.  a prolonged outburst of laughter
4.  electronics an unwanted prolonged high-pitched sound produced by a sound-producing system as a result of feedback
5.  to express in a howl or utter such cries
6.  (intr) (of the wind, etc) to make a wailing noise
7.  informal (intr) to shout or laugh
[C14: houlen; related to Middle High German hiuweln, Middle Dutch hūlen, Danish hyle]

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Word Origin & History

c.1220, houlen, probably of imitative origin. Howler "glaring blunder, ridiculous mistake" is first recorded 1890.
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Example sentences
To the human ear, the long, drawn-out howl sounds lonesome and mournful.
It is a long and clear howl not interrupted by short yaps and barks.
Dogs are not allowed to habitually bark, howl, or yelp so as to disturb the
  peace of the neighborhood.
The call known as the wail is easily heard over long distances, sounding
  similar to a wolf's howl.
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