howl

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English (c.1220) houlen, probably imitative

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

howl (plural howls)

  1. The protracted, mournful cry of a dog or a wolf, or other like sound.
  2. A prolonged cry of distress or anguish; a wail.

Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

howl (third-person singular simple present howls, present participle howling, simple past and past participle howled)

  1. To utter a loud, protracted, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do.
    • Drayton
      And dogs in corners set them down to howl.
    • Shakespeare
      Methought a legion of foul fiends / Environ'd me about, and howled in my ears.
  2. To utter a sound expressive of pain or distress; to cry aloud and mournfully; to lament; to wail.
    • Bible, Isaiah xiii. 6
      Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand.
  3. To make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      Wild howled the wind.
  4. To utter with outcry.
    to howl derision

Translations[edit]


Cornish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Welsh heul, from Proto-Celtic *sāwol (compare Welsh haul, Breton heol; compare also Irish súil), from Proto-Indo-European *sóh₂wl̥.

Noun[edit]

howl m (plural howlyow)

  1. The sun