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From Middle English groulen, grollen, gurlen, from Old English gryllan, from Proto-Germanic *gruljaną, related to Middle Dutch grollen ("to make a noise, rumble, murmur, grunt, croak, be angry"; > Dutch grollen (to grumble)), German grollen (to rumble, be angry, bear ill will), Old English grillan, griellan (to provoke, offend; gnash the teeth). More at grill.



growl (plural growls)

  1. The deep, threatening sound made in the throat by an animal; an aggressive grumbling.
  2. The sound made by a hungry stomach.
  3. (slang, archaic) A four-wheeled cab.

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growl (third-person singular simple present growls, present participle growling, simple past and past participle growled)

  1. (intransitive) To utter a deep guttural sound, as an angry animal; to give forth an angry, grumbling sound.
    The dog growled at me as I walked past.
  2. (transitive) To express (something) by growling.
    The old man growled his displeasure at the postman.
  3. (software) To send a user a message via the Growl software library.