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yowl

[youl] /yaʊl/
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter a long, distressful or dismal cry, as an animal or a person; howl.
noun
2.
a yowling cry; a howl.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English yuhele, yule, youle, apparently from a cry of pain or distress yuhele; compare Old English geoh- (in geohthu grief)
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  • There is even a tilt sensor inside, triggering a yowl of protest if it's handled in a rough manner.
  • And they have a high pitched yowl that they use to indicate location when separated from family members.
British Dictionary definitions for yowl

yowl

/jaʊl/
verb
1.
to express with or produce a loud mournful wail or cry; howl
noun
2.
a loud mournful cry; wail or howl
Derived Forms
yowler, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse gaula; related to German jaulen; see yawl²
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Word Origin and History for yowl
v.

early 13c., yuhelen, probably of imitative origin. The noun is recorded from mid-15c. Related: Yowled; yowling.

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