What does growl mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. growl, growlingverb

    the sound of growling (as made by animals)

  2. grumble, growl, rumbleverb

    to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds

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


  1. growlnoun

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

  2. growlnoun

    The sound made by a hungry stomach.

  3. growlverb

    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. growlverb

    To express (something) by growling.

    The old man growled his displeasure at the postman.

  5. growlverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Growlverb

    Etymology: grollen, Flemish.

    They roam amid’ the fury of their heart,
    And growl their horrid loves. James Thomson, Spring.

    Dogs in this country are of the size of common mastiffs, and by nature never bark, but growl when they are provoked. Henry Ellis, Voyage.

    Othello, neighbours —— how he would roar about a foolish handkerchief! and then he would growl so manfully. John Gay.


  1. GROWL

    GROWL is an international education network for degrowth formed by academics, practitioners, researchers and political activists. One central aim of the network is to promote collective action across initiatives related to degrowth (e.g. Transition Towns, agroecology, Solidarity economy, DIY among other "nowtopias"), in order to reduce the atomization and dispersal of initiatives that hinder their capacity to scale up and present a solid alternative to the dominant economic paradigm.


  1. growl

    A growl is a low, guttural, aggressive sound made by an animal, especially a canine, often as a warning or display of aggression towards someone or something. It can also refer to a similar sound made by humans, usually indicating anger or discomfort. In a broader sense, it can also describe any similar low, rumbling sound.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Growlverb

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

  2. Growlverb

    to express by growling

  3. Growlnoun

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

  4. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of growl in a Sentence

  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.

  2. James Macleod:

    I noticed you've got Candy keeping guard because, as we came down the corridor, she was not going to let us get anywhere near you, she gave a little growl as we came in.

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