verb (used without object)
to utter a loud, prolonged, mournful cry, as that of a dog or wolf.
to utter a similar cry in distress, pain, rage, etc.; wail.
to make a sound like an animal howling:
The wind howls through the trees.
Informal. to go on a spree; enjoy oneself without restraint.
verb (used with object)
to utter with howls:
to howl the bad news.
to drive or force by howls (often followed by down):
to howl down the opposition.
the cry of a dog, wolf, etc.
a cry or wail, as of pain, rage, or protest.
a sound like wailing:
the howl of the wind.
a loud, scornful laugh or yell.
something that causes a laugh or a scornful yell, as a joke or funny or embarrassing situation.
a long plaintive cry or wail characteristic of a wolf or hound
a similar cry of pain or sorrow
(electronics) an unwanted prolonged high-pitched sound produced by a sound-producing system as a result of feedback
to express in a howl or utter such cries
(intransitive) (of the wind, etc) to make a wailing noise
(intransitive) (informal) to shout or laugh
early 13c., houlen, probably ultimately of imitative origin; similar formations are found in other Germanic languages. Related: Howled; howling. As a noun from 1590s.
[hou-ler] /ˈhaʊ lər/ noun 1. a person, animal, or thing that . 2. Also called howler monkey. any large, prehensile-tailed tropical American monkey of the genus Alouatta, the males of which make a noise: some species are endangered. 3. a mistake, especially an embarrassing one in speech or writing, that evokes laughter; a very humorous […]
[hou-lit] /ˈhaʊ lɪt/ noun, British Dialect. 1. an owl or owlet. /ˈhaʊlɪt/ noun 1. (archaic, poetic) another word for owl
[hou-ling] /ˈhaʊ lɪŋ/ adjective 1. producing or uttering a howling noise: a howling mob. 2. desolate, dismal, or dreary: a howling wilderness. 3. Informal. very great; tremendous: a howling success. [houl] /haʊl/ verb (used without object) 1. to utter a loud, prolonged, mournful cry, as that of a dog or wolf. 2. to utter a […]
[hou-ling] /ˈhaʊ lɪŋ/ adjective 1. producing or uttering a howling noise: a howling mob. 2. desolate, dismal, or dreary: a howling wilderness. 3. Informal. very great; tremendous: a howling success. /ˈhaʊlɪŋ/ adjective 1. (prenominal) (informal) (intensifier): a howling success, a howling error adjective Conspicuously successful: The Peoples’ theatre is doing a howling biz (1887+)