Howl (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Howled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Howling.] [OE. houlen, hulen; akin to D. huilen, MHG. hiulen, hiuweln, OHG. hiuwilon to exult, bo owl, Dan. hyle to howl.]


To utter a loud, protraced, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do.

And dogs in corners set them down to howl. Drayton.

Methought a legion of foul fiends Environ'd me about, and howled in my ears. Shak.


To utter a sound expressive of distress; to cry aloud and mournfully; to lament; to wail.

Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand. Is. xiii. 6.


To make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast.

Wild howled the wind. Sir W. Scott.

Howling monkey. Zool. See Howler, 2. -- Howling wilderness, a wild, desolate place inhabited only by wild beasts. Deut. xxxii. 10.


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Howl, v. t.

To utter with outcry.

"Go . . . howl it out in deserts."



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Howl, n.


The protracted, mournful cry of a dog or a wolf, or other like sound.


A prolonged cry of distress or anguish; a wail.


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