- 1[intransitive] (of a dog, wolf, etc.) to make a long, loud cry the sound of wolves howling in the night
- 2[intransitive] howl (in/with something) to make a loud cry when you are in pain, angry, amused, etc. to howl in pain We howled with laughter. The baby was howling (= crying loudly) all the time I was there.
- 3[intransitive] (of the wind) to blow hard and make a long loud noise The wind was howling around the house.
- 4[transitive] howl something | + speech to say something loudly and angrily The crowd howled its displeasure. Word Origin Middle English houle (verb), probably imitative.Extra examples ‘Ouch!’ howled Ricky. The baby was howling all the time I was there. The child howled in pain. Phrasal Verbshowl somebodydown
BrE BrE//haʊl//; NAmE NAmE//haʊl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they howl
BrE BrE//haʊl//; NAmE NAmE//haʊl//he / she / it howls
BrE BrE//haʊlz//; NAmE NAmE//haʊlz//past simple howled
BrE BrE//haʊld//; NAmE NAmE//haʊld//past participle howled
BrE BrE//haʊld//; NAmE NAmE//haʊld//-ing form howling
BrE BrE//ˈhaʊlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaʊlɪŋ//