Growl meaning

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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.

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To emit a low guttural sound or utterance.
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To speak in an angry or surly manner.
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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.

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To utter by growling.

Growled the orders.

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To complain in an angry or surly manner.
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The low, guttural, menacing sound made by an animal.

The growl of a dog.

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A gruff surly utterance.

The desk officer answered my greeting with a growl.

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To make a low, rumbling, menacing sound in the throat, as a dog does.
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To rumble, as thunder, cannons, etc.
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To express by growling.
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The act or sound of growling.
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A low, rough, husky, often muted sound produced on a trumpet, trombone, etc.
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The deep, threatening sound made in the throat by an animal; a grumbling sound.
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The sound made by a hungry stomach.
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(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.

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To express (something) by growling.

The old man growled his displeasure at the postman.

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(software) To send a user a message via the Growl software library.
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Notification software for Mac OS X applications. Web browsers, download managers, email 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.
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Origin of growl

  • Middle English groule, grollen to rumble, growl probably from Old French grouler of Germanic origin
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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.
    From Wiktionary