howl [houl] /haʊl/ Show IPA
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)