- The definition of a growl is a low, hostile sound especially made by a dog, in order to express anger.
- The low, hostile and rumbling sound made by a dog when you try to take his bone is an example of a growl.
- When you say something in a low and menacing voice, this is an example of a growl.
- To growl is defined as to make a low, rumbling sound in your throat in order to express hostility or anger.
- When a dog makes a low, rumbling sound when you try to take his bone, this is an example of a time when the dog growls.
- When you speak in a low and menacing tone, this is an example of a time when you growl.
A dog growls.
- to make a low, rumbling, menacing sound in the throat, as a dog does
- to complain in an angry or surly manner
- to rumble, as thunder, cannons, etc.
Origin of growlMiddle English groulen, to rumble, probably of echoic origin, originally
- the act or sound of growling
- ☆ Jazz a low, rough, husky, often muted sound produced on a trumpet, trombone, etc.
- The low, guttural, menacing sound made by an animal: the growl of a dog.
- A gruff surly utterance: The desk officer answered my greeting with a growl.
verbgrowled, growl·ing, growls
- To emit a low guttural sound or utterance.
- To speak in an angry or surly manner.
Origin of growlMiddle English groule, grollen, to rumble, growl, probably from Old French grouler, of Germanic origin.
- The deep, threatening sound made in the throat by an animal; a grumbling sound.
- The sound made by a hungry stomach.
(third-person singular simple present growls, present participle growling, simple past and past participle growled)
- (intransitive) 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.
- To express (something) by growling.
- The old man growled his displeasure at the postman.
- (software) To send a user a message via the Growl software library.
From Middle English growlen, related to Middle Dutch grollen ("to make a noise, rumble, murmur, grunt, croak, be angry"; > Dutch grollen (“to grumble”)), German grollen (“to rumble, be angry, bear ill will”), Old English grillan, griellan (“to provoke, offend; gnash the teeth”). More at grill.
growl - Computer Definition
Notification software for Mac OS X applications. Web browsers, download managers, e-mail clients and other programs employ Growl to display a small pop-up window that alerts the user to some event such as new mail or a completed download. Users can choose the Growl's window style and degree of translucency. For more information, visit www.growl.info.