Last modified on 4 December 2014, at 16:14

growl

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English growlen, related to Middle Dutch grollen ("to make a noise, rumble, murmur, grunt, croak, be angry"; > Dutch grollen (to grumble)), German grollen (to rumble, be angry, bear ill will), Old English grillan, griellan (to provoke, offend; gnash the teeth). More at grill.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

growl (plural growls)

  1. The deep, threatening sound made in the throat by an animal; a grumbling sound.
  2. The sound made by a hungry stomach.

Derived termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

growl (third-person singular simple present growls, present participle growling, simple past and past participle growled)

  1. (intransitive) To utter a deep guttural sound, as an angry animal; to give forth an angry, grumbling sound.
    The dog growled at me as I walked past.
  2. (transitive) To express (something) by growling.
    The old man growled his displeasure at the postman.
  3. (software) To send a user a message via the Growl software library.

TranslationsEdit