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verb (used without object)
to utter a deep guttural sound of anger or hostility:
The dog growled at the mail carrier.
to murmur or complain angrily; grumble.
to rumble:
The thunder growled.
Jazz. to use flutter-tonguing in playing a wind instrument.
verb (used with object)
to express by growling.
the act or sound of growling.
Jazz. the technique of flutter-tonguing.
(of animals, esp when hostile) to utter (sounds) in a low inarticulate manner: the dog growled at us
to utter (words) in a gruff or angry manner: he growled an apology
(intransitive) to make sounds suggestive of an animal growling: the thunder growled around the lake
the act or sound of growling
(jazz) an effect resembling a growl, produced at the back of the throat when playing a wind instrument


To complain; mutter angrily (1707+)


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