English edit

 
A howling wolf.

Etymology edit

From Middle English howlen, houlen, from Old English *hūlian, from Proto-West Germanic *hūwilōn, from Proto-Germanic *hūwilōną, *hiuwilōną (to howl), from Proto-Indo-European *kū-, *kew- (to howl, scream).

Cognate with Saterland Frisian huulje (to howl), Dutch huilen (to howl), Old French ouler, German Low German hulen (to howl), German heulen (to howl), Danish hyle (to howl), Swedish yla (to scream, yell), Northern Luriآلٛیر(āłir, howl).

Pronunciation edit

  • enPR: houl, IPA(key): /haʊl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aʊl

Noun edit

howl (plural howls)

  1. The protracted, mournful cry of a dog, wolf or other canid; also of other animals.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, translated by H.L. Brækstad, Folk and Fairy Tales, page 117:
      [T]he fox was out on love-adventures, abused his rivals, and uttered scoffing screams and howls.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, translated by H.L. Brækstad, Folk and Fairy Tales, page 159:
      All at once the cat thrust her paw inside the ring again, but the tailor was quick as lightning and chopped the paw off. The cats set up a terrible howl, and away they rushed through the door as fast as they could.
    • 1943, H. Lorna Bingham, The Lost Tribe, Sydney: Winn and Co., page 13, column 2:
      Dan was beginning to feel very depressed when suddenly the eerie howl of a dingo rang out[.]
  2. Any similar sound.
    The howl of the wind
  3. A prolonged cry of distress or anguish; a wail.

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Verb edit

howl (third-person singular simple present howls, present participle howling, simple past and past participle howled)

  1. To utter a loud, protracted, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do.
  2. To utter a sound expressive of pain or distress; to cry aloud and mournfully; to lament; to wail.
  3. To make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast.
    They howled with laughter at the prank.
  4. To utter with outcry.
    to howl derision

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Cornish edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Celtic *sāwol (compare Welsh haul, Breton heol; compare also Irish súil (eye)), from Proto-Indo-European *sóh₂wl̥.

Noun edit

howl m (plural howlyow)

  1. sun