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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prowlverb

    the act of prowling (walking about in a stealthy manner)

  2. prowlverb

    move about in or as if in a predatory manner

    "The suspicious stranger prowls the streets of the town"

  3. prowl, lurchverb

    loiter about, with no apparent aim


  1. prowlverb

    To be on the lookout for some prey.

  2. prowlverb

    To be watching over something.

  3. prowlverb

    To fanny about, seemingly aimlessly.

    That dandy has nothing better to do than prowl around town all day in his pinstripe suit.

  4. prowlverb

    To walk authoratively.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PROWLverb

    To rove over.

    Etymology: Of this word the etymology is doubtful: the old dictionaries write prole, which the dreamer Meric Casaubon derives from πϱοαλὴς, ready, quick. Stephen Skinner, a far more judicious etymologist, deduces it from proieler, a diminutive formed by himself from proier, to prey, Fr. perhaps it may be formed, by accidental corruption, from patrol.

    He prowls each place, still in new colours deckt,
    Sucking one’s ill, another to infect. Philip Sidney.

  2. To Prowlverb

    To wander for prey; to prey; to plunder.

    The champion robbeth by night,
    And prowleth and filcheth by daie. Thomas Tusser.

    Nor do they bear so quietly the loss of some parcels confiscated abroad, as the great detriment which they suffer by some prowling vice-admiral or publick minister. Walter Raleigh.

    As when a prowling wolf,
    Whom hunger drives to seek new haunt for prey. John Milton.

    Shall he, who looks erect on heav’n,
    E’er stoop to mingle with the prowling herd,
    And dip his tongue in gore. James Thomson.

    And here the fell attorney prowls for prey. Anon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prowlverb

    to rove over, through, or about in a stealthy manner; esp., to search in, as for prey or booty

  2. Prowlverb

    to collect by plunder; as, to prowl money

  3. Prowlverb

    to rove or wander stealthily, esp. for prey, as a wild beast; hence, to prey; to plunder

  4. Prowlnoun

    the act of prowling

  5. Etymology: [OE. prollen to search about; of uncertain origin, perh. for proglen, a dim. of prog to beg, or proke to poke. Cf. Proke.]


  1. Prowl

    Prowl is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformers series. "Prowl" is one of the most re-used American names in the assorted Transformers series, and its use has become almost synonymous with Autobots who possess a police car alternate mode. An Autobot named Prowl was one of the main heroes in both the Transformers: Robots in Disguise and Transformers: Animated series.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prowl

    prowl, v.i. to keep poking about: to rove about in search of prey or plunder.—n. (coll.) the act of prowling: a roving for prey.—n. Prowl′er.—adj. Prowl′ing.—adv. Prowl′ingly. [Prob. for progle=prokle, a freq. form of proke, to thrust; cf. Prog.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prowl in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prowl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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