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growl

[groul] /graʊl/
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter a deep guttural sound of anger or hostility:
The dog growled at the mail carrier.
2.
to murmur or complain angrily; grumble.
3.
to rumble:
The thunder growled.
4.
Jazz. to use flutter-tonguing in playing a wind instrument.
verb (used with object)
5.
to express by growling.
noun
6.
the act or sound of growling.
7.
Jazz. the technique of flutter-tonguing.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English groule to rumble (said of the bowels); cognate with German grollen
Related forms
growlingly, adverb
undergrowl, noun
ungrowling, adjective
Synonyms
2. See complain.
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British Dictionary definitions for un growling

growl

/ɡraʊl/
verb
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.
(intransitive) to make sounds suggestive of an animal growling the thunder growled around the lake
noun
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
Derived Forms
growlingly, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from earlier grolle, from Old French grouller to grumble
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Word Origin and History for un growling
growl
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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Slang definitions & phrases for un growling

growl

verb

To complain; mutter angrily (1707+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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