(comparative more owllike, superlative most owllike)
- Resembling an owl or some aspect of one.
owl + -like
Variant of owl
any of a worldwide order (Strigiformes) of predatory night birds distinguished by a large, flat face, eyes surrounded by stiff-feathered disks, a short, hooked beak, feathered legs with sharp talons, and soft plumage which permits noiseless flight: applied figuratively to a person of nocturnal habits, solemn appearance, etc.
Origin of owlMiddle English owle ; from Old English ule, akin to German eule ; from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form ul- from source Classical Latin ulula, owl, ululare, to howl