(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.