- 1a long loud cry made by a dog, wolf, etc. the mournful howl of a lone dog
- 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.
- 3a long loud sound made when the wind is blowing strongly They listened to the howl of the wind through the trees.