Definition of howl noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//haʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//haʊl//
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  1. 1a long loud cry made by a dog, wolf, etc. the mournful howl of a lone dog
  2. 2a loud cry showing that you are in pain, angry, amused, etc. to let out a howl of anguish The suggestion was greeted with howls of laughter. The decision was met with howls of protest from the unions.
  3. 3a long loud sound made when the wind is blowing strongly They listened to the howl of the wind through the trees.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English houle (verb), probably imitative.Extra examples His comments were met with howls of outrage. The dog gave a mournful howl. With a howl he leaped at his foe. a howl of laughter/​protest The suggestion was greeted with howls of laughter.
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