From Middle English howlen, houlen, from Old English *hūlian, 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, uller ("to howl"; < Germanic), German Low German hulen (to howl), German heulen (to howl), Danish hyle (to howl), Swedish hyla (to scream, yell).


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


howl (plural howls)

  1. The protracted, mournful cry of a dog or a wolf, or other like sound.
  2. A prolonged cry of distress or anguish; a wail.

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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.
    • Bible, Isaiah xiii. 6
      Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand.
  3. To make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir Walter Scott and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Wild howled the wind.
  4. To utter with outcry.
    to howl derision




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


howl m (plural howlyow)

  1. sun