- 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[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. 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
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//