Definitions for howlhaʊl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. (v.i.)(of a dog, wolf, or the like) to utter a characteristic loud, prolonged, mournful cry.

    Category: Animal Behavior

  2. (of a person or animal) to utter a similar cry, as in pain or rage; wail.

    Category: Animal Behavior

  3. to make a sound like an animal howling:

    The wind howls through the trees.

  4. to utter a loud laugh or scornful yell.

  5. (v.t.)to utter with howls:

    to howl the bad news.

  6. to drive or force by howls (often fol. by down):

    to howl down the opposition.

  7. (n.)the cry of a dog, wolf, or the like.

    Category: Animal Behavior

  8. a cry or wail, as of pain or rage.

    Category: Animal Behavior

  9. a sound like wailing:

    the howl of the wind.

  10. a loud laugh or scornful yell.

  11. something that causes a laugh or a scornful yell, as a joke or an embarrassing situation.

Origin of howl:

1300–50; ME hulen, houlen; cf. MD, MLG hūlen, MHG hiulen

Princeton's WordNet

  1. howl, howling, ululation(noun)

    a long loud emotional utterance

    "he gave a howl of pain"; "howls of laughter"; "their howling had no effect"

  2. howl(noun)

    the long plaintive cry of a hound or a wolf

  3. howl(verb)

    a loud sustained noise resembling the cry of a hound

    "the howl of the wind made him restless"

  4. howl, ululate, wail, roar, yawl, yaup(verb)

    emit long loud cries

    "wail in self-pity"; "howl with sorrow"

  5. howl, wrawl, yammer, yowl(verb)

    cry loudly, as of animals

    "The coyotes were howling in the desert"

  6. roar, howl(verb)

    make a loud noise, as of wind, water, or vehicles

    "The wind was howling in the trees"; "The water roared down the chute"

  7. roar, howl(verb)

    laugh unrestrainedly and heartily

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. howl(verb)ˈaʊl

    to make a long high sound like a wolf

    ***a dog howling at the moon

  2. howlˈaʊl

    to make a long, loud crying or laughing sound

    The boy howled as his mother hugged him.; the audience howled with laughter

  3. howlˈaʊl

    (of wind) to make a long loud sound when it blows with force

    The wind howled through the trees.; a howl of pain; the howl of the wind


  1. howl(Noun)

    The protracted, mournful cry of a dog or a wolf, or other like sound.

  2. howl(Noun)

    A prolonged cry of distress or anguish; a wail.

  3. howl(Verb)

    To utter a loud, protracted, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do.

  4. howl(Verb)

    To utter a sound expressive of pain or distress; to cry aloud and mournfully; to lament; to wail.

  5. howl(Verb)

    To make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast.

  6. howl(Verb)

    To utter with outcry.

  7. Origin: From (c.1220) houlen, probably imitative

Webster Dictionary

  1. Howl(verb)

    to utter a loud, protraced, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do

  2. Howl(verb)

    to utter a sound expressive of distress; to cry aloud and mournfully; to lament; to wail

  3. Howl(verb)

    to make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast

  4. Howl(verb)

    to utter with outcry

  5. Howl(noun)

    the protracted, mournful cry of a dog or a wolf, or other like sound

  6. Howl(noun)

    a prolonged cry of distress or anguish; a wail


  1. Howl

    "Howl" is a poem written by Allen Ginsberg in 1955, published as part of his 1956 collection of poetry titled Howl and Other Poems. Ginsberg began work on "Howl" as early as 1954. In the Paul Blackburn Tape Archive at U.C.S.D., Ginsberg can be heard reading early drafts of his poem to his fellow writing associates. "Howl" is considered to be one of the great works of American literature. It came to be associated with the group of writers known as the Beat Generation, which included Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. There is no foundation to the myth that "Howl" was written as a performance piece and later published by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books. This myth was perpetuated by Ferlinghetti as part of the defense's case during the poem's obscenity trial, as detailed below. Upon the poem's release, Ferlinghetti and the bookstore's manager, Shigeyoshi Murao, were charged with disseminating obscene literature, and both were arrested. On October 3, 1957, Judge Clayton W. Horn ruled that the poem was not obscene.

Translations for howl

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make a long, loud cry

The wolves howled; He howled with pain; We howled with laughter.

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