What does growl mean?

Definitions for growlgraʊl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word growl.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. growl, growling(verb)

    the sound of growling (as made by animals)

  2. grumble, growl, rumble(verb)

    to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds

    "he grumbled a rude response"; "Stones grumbled down the cliff"


  1. growl(Noun)

    The deep, threatening sound made in the throat by an animal; a grumbling sound.

  2. growl(Noun)

    The sound made by a hungry stomach.

  3. growl(Verb)

    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.

  4. growl(Verb)

    To express (something) by growling.

    The old man growled his displeasure at the postman.

  5. growl(Verb)

    To send a user a message via the Growl software library.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Growl(verb)

    to utter a deep guttural sound, sa an angry dog; to give forth an angry, grumbling sound

  2. Growl(verb)

    to express by growling

  3. Growl(noun)

    the deep, threatening sound made by a surly dog; a grumbling sound

  4. Origin: [D. grollen to grunt, murmur, be angry; akin to G. grollen to be angry.]


  1. Growl

    Growl is a global notification system for the Mac OS X and Windows operating systems. Applications can use Growl to display small notifications about events which the user deems important, in a consistent manner. This allows users to fully control their notifications, application developers to spend little time creating notifications, and Growl developers to concentrate on the usability of notifications. Growl installs itself as a preference pane added to the Mac OS X System Preferences. This pane enables and disables Growl's notifications for certain applications entirely, or selects specific notifications for each application. Applications register a "ticket" with Growl, then send arbitrary notifications which Growl receives and displays. Each notification provides some information, such as: "Download finished," or the name of the current iTunes track. Users can customize the display and turn notifications on and off. Growl includes bindings for developers who use the Objective-C, C, Perl, Python, Tcl, AppleScript, Java, and Ruby programming languages, and comes with multiple "display plugins," providing different styles for presenting the notifications. Display plugins include visual styles as well as the ability to send notifications via email, SMS, or push notifications. Plugins or scripts exist to add Growl notifications to iChat, Mail, Thunderbird, Safari, and iTunes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Growl

    growl, v.i. to utter a deep, murmuring sound like a dog: to grumble surlily.—v.t. to express by growling.—n. a murmuring, snarling sound, as of an angry dog.—ns. Growl′er, one who growls: a fish of the Perch family, abundant in North American rivers, so named from the sound it emits: (slang) a four-wheeled cab: (Amer.) a jug or pitcher used for carrying beer; Growl′ing, grumbling, snarling: a rumbling sound.—adv. Growl′ingly. [Dut. grollen, to grumble; allied to Gr. gryllizein, to grunt.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of growl in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of growl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Samuel Johnson:

    Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark.

Images & Illustrations of growl

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