August 06, 2019
Learner's Word of the Day
howl /ˈhawəl/ verb
howl
/ˈhawəl/
verb

howls; howled; howling

Wolf howling at the moon
Wolf howling at the moon
Learner's definition of HOWL

1 [no object] of a dog, wolf, etc. : to make a long, loud cry that sounds sad

  • The dogs were howling at the moon.

2 [no object] of the wind : to make a long, loud sound

  • The wind was howling.

3 [no object] : to cry out loudly in pain, anger, amusement, etc.

  • He howled in agony.

  • The audience howled with laughter. [=the audience laughed very loudly]

4 : to say something in a loud and angry way

[+ object]

  • “I can't take it!” she howled. = She howled that she couldn't take it.

[no object]

  • Activists are howling (in protest) over the court's decision.

  • protesters howling for change

howl noun, plural howls [count]

  • We heard the dog's howls.

  • He let out a howl of protest.

  • howls of laughter

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