What does owl mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. owl, bird of Minerva, bird of night, hooternoun

    nocturnal bird of prey with hawk-like beak and claws and large head with front-facing eyes


  1. owlnoun

    Any of various birds of prey of the order Strigiformes that are primarily nocturnal and have forward-looking, binocular vision, limited eye movement, and good hearing.

  2. owlnoun

    A person seen as having owl-like characteristics, especially appearing wise or serious, or being nocturnally active.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Owl, Owletnoun

    A bird that flies about in the night and catches mice.

    Etymology: ule , Saxon; hulote, French and Scottish.

    Adder’s fork, and blind worm’s sting,
    Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing
    For a charm. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Return to her!
    No! rather I abjure all roofs, and chuse
    To be a comrade with the wolf and owl. William Shakespeare.

    ’Twas when the dog-star’s unpropitious ray
    Smote ev’ry brain, and wither’d every bay;
    Sick was the sun, the owl forsook his bow’r. Dunciad.


  1. Owl

    Owls are birds from the order Strigiformes (), which includes over 200 species of mostly solitary and nocturnal birds of prey typified by an upright stance, a large, broad head, binocular vision, binaural hearing, sharp talons, and feathers adapted for silent flight. Exceptions include the diurnal northern hawk-owl and the gregarious burrowing owl. Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except the polar ice caps and some remote islands. Owls are divided into two families: the true (or typical) owl family, Strigidae, and the barn-owl family, Tytonidae.A group of owls is called a "parliament".


  1. Owl

    Owls are a group of birds that belong to the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions. Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland and some remote islands. Owls are characterized by their small beaks and wide faces, and are divided into two families: the typical owls, Strigidae; and the barn-owls, Tytonidae.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Owl

    owl, n. a carnivorous bird that seeks its food by night, noted for its howling or hooting noise.—v.i. to smuggle contraband goods.—ns. Owl′ery, an abode of owls: (Carlyle) an owl-like character; Owl′et, a little or young owl.—adj. Owl′-eyed, having blinking eyes like an owl.—n. Owl′-glass, a malicious figure in a popular German tale, translated into English about the end of the 16th century—the German Tyll Eulenspiegel—also Owle′glass, Howle′glass, Owl′spiegle.—adj. Owl′ish, like an owl: stupid: dull-looking.—n. Owl′ishness. [A.S. úle; Ger. eule, L. ulula; imit.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. owlnoun

    Joint. Do you wonna spark another owl -- Cypress Hill (Spark Another Owl - Temple of Boom 1995)

Editors Contribution

  1. owl

    A type of bird created in various species.

    There are over 200 known species of Owl on the planet, perhaps there are more to discover.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 13, 2015  

Suggested Resources

  1. OWL

    What does OWL stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the OWL acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. OWL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Owl is ranked #109758 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Owl surname appeared 161 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Owl.

    68.3% or 110 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    19.2% or 31 total occurrences were White.
    5.5% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    4.9% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'owl' in Nouns Frequency: #2136

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of owl in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of owl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of owl in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Radcliffe:

    I think I'm a tiny bit like Harry 'cos I'd like to have an owl. Yeah, that's the tiny bit, actually.

  2. Wayne Havenhand:

    I kept creeping closer and closer to it, and moving round to capture it from different angles, then it yawned, and I couldnt help but laugh to myself I had a friend with me who joked that the owl seemed bored of being photographed.

  3. Alessondra Click:

    Who could do this to an owl, let alone one that is perhaps among the most well-known owls in the world.

  4. Brett Favre:

    The crazy thing was, I ’m not a night owl. Without pills I ’d fall asleep at 9:30. But with pills, I could get so much done, I just figured, ‘ This is awesome. ’ Little did I know [ fiance and now wife ] Deanna would be finding some of my pills and when she did, she ’d flush them down the toilet.

  5. Charles de LEUSSE:

    When Owl is singing, the Night is Silence. (Quand le hibou chante, La nuit est silence)

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