- The definition of a howl is a long and loud drawn out cry.
An example of a howl is the noise a person would make after dropping something very heavy on their foot.
- Howl is defined as to cry out in pain, or loudly call out for others.
An example of howl is the a dog making a loud and drawn out cry after hearing a fire engine siren.
A wolf emits a howl.
- to utter the long, loud, wailing cry of wolves, dogs, etc.
- to utter a similar cry of pain, anger, grief, etc.
- to make a sound like this: the wind howls
- to shout or laugh in scorn, mirth, etc.
Origin of howlMiddle English hulen, akin to German heulen ; from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form kāu- from source Sanskrit kāuti, (it) cries, Old High German hūwila, owl
- to utter with a howl or howls
- to drive or effect by howling
- a long, loud, wailing cry of a wolf, dog, etc.
- any similar sound
- Informal something hilarious; joke
someone's night to howl
verbhowled, howl·ing, howls
- To utter or emit a long, mournful, plaintive sound.
- To cry or wail loudly, as in pain, sorrow, or anger.
- Slang To laugh heartily.
- Slang To go on a spree.
- A long wailing cry.
- A loud derisive call: the howls of an angry mob.
- Slang Something uproariously funny or absurd.
Origin of howlMiddle English houlen.
(third-person singular simple present howls, present participle howling, simple past and past participle howled)
From Middle English (c.1220) houlen, probably imitative