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howl

[houl] /haʊl/
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter a loud, prolonged, mournful cry, as that of a dog or wolf.
2.
to utter a similar cry in distress, pain, rage, etc.; wail.
3.
to make a sound like an animal howling:
The wind howls through the trees.
4.
Informal. to go on a spree; enjoy oneself without restraint.
verb (used with object)
5.
to utter with howls:
to howl the bad news.
6.
to drive or force by howls (often followed by down):
to howl down the opposition.
noun
7.
the cry of a dog, wolf, etc.
8.
a cry or wail, as of pain, rage, or protest.
9.
a sound like wailing:
the howl of the wind.
10.
a loud, scornful laugh or yell.
11.
something that causes a laugh or a scornful yell, as a joke or funny or embarrassing situation.
Origin of howl
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English hulen, houlen (v.); cognate with Dutch huilen, Low German hülen, German heulen, Danish hyle; akin to Old Norse ȳla
Related forms
outhowl, verb (used with object)
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  • It seemed to me that the wolves had howled most of the night.

    Track's End Hayden Carruth
  • Hippy said he pounded and shouted and howled and wailed and pounded some more.

  • Jason Philip raged and howled when she returned the next morning; but she was silent.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • "For the last time I give you the opportunity," the Mercutian howled—in English.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • The luckless one is howled out of the wardroom and invited to set 'em up when he comes back.

    With the Battle Fleet Franklin Matthews
  • They came to me separately: one bleated, another screamed, one howled.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for howled

howl

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

howl

v.

early 13c., houlen, probably ultimately of imitative origin; similar formations are found in other Germanic languages. Related: Howled; howling. As a noun from 1590s.

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