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

     

    prowl

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//praʊl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praʊl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prowl
    BrE BrE//praʊl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praʊl//
     
    he / she / it prowls
    BrE BrE//praʊlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praʊlz//
     
    past simple prowled
    BrE BrE//praʊld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praʊld//
     
    past participle prowled
    BrE BrE//praʊld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praʊld//
     
    -ing form prowling
    BrE BrE//ˈpraʊlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraʊlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (+ adv./prep.) | prowl something (of an animal) to move quietly and carefully around an area, especially when hunting The tiger prowled through the undergrowth.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] (+ adv./prep.) | prowl something to move quietly and carefully around an area, especially with the intention of committing a crime A man was seen prowling around outside the factory just before the fire started.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] prowl something | (+ adv./prep.) to walk around a room, an area, etc., especially because you are bored, anxious, etc., and cannot relax He prowled the empty rooms of the house at night.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: of unknown origin.Extra examples He prowled the streets, looking for likely victims. Her husband was prowling restlessly around the room. Seb prowled up and down the corridor. The tiger came prowling through the undergrowth. Wolves were prowling around outside.
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