howling

[hou-ling]
adjective
1.
producing or uttering a howling noise: a howling mob.
2.
desolate, dismal, or dreary: a howling wilderness.
3.
Informal. very great; tremendous: a howling success.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English houlinge (gerund); see howl, -ing2

howlingly, adverb
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howl

[houl]
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:
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)
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howl (haʊl)
 
n
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
 
vb
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]

howling (ˈhaʊlɪŋ)
 
adj
informal (prenominal) (intensifier): a howling success; a howling error
 
'howlingly
 
adv

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howl
c.1220, houlen, probably of imitative origin. Howler "glaring blunder, ridiculous mistake" is first recorded 1890.
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howl definition


  1. n.
    something funny. : What a howl the surprise party turned out to be when the guest of honor didn't show up.
  2. in.
    to laugh very hard. : Everybody howled at my mistake.
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howling (drunk) definition


  1. mod.
    alcohol intoxicated; loudly drunk. : Willy got howling drunk and ran in the streets with his coat off.
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Example sentences
Even sailors who didn't run aground here told tales of the howling winds and
  birds.
They are quiet and predictable-fixed cats are not a howling nuisance and there
  is no fighting.
After walking about a kilometre he heard ahead a kind of howling noise, which
  he thought was made by spider-monkeys.
We may thus seem to be landed in a howling wilderness of scientific uncertainty.
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