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Definition of growl verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    growl

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɡraʊl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡraʊl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they growl
    BrE BrE//ɡraʊl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡraʊl//
     
    he / she / it growls
    BrE BrE//ɡraʊlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡraʊlz//
     
    past simple growled
    BrE BrE//ɡraʊld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡraʊld//
     
    past participle growled
    BrE BrE//ɡraʊld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡraʊld//
     
    -ing form growling
    BrE BrE//ˈɡraʊlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡraʊlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] growl (at somebody/something) (of animals, especially dogs) to make a low sound in the throat, usually as a sign of anger The dog growled at them.
  2. 2[transitive] to say something in a low angry voice + speech (at somebody) ‘Who are you?’ he growled at the stranger. growl something (at somebody) She growled a sarcastic reply.
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: probably imitative.Extra examples ‘I’m a desperate man,’ he growled menacingly. ‘Mosquitos!’ she growled under her breath. Her stomach was growling with hunger. The dog growled softly at me. to growl in annoyance
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: growl

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