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howl

 
 
pronunciation:
haUl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: howls, howling, howled
definition 1: to utter or make a long, loud, mournful sound like that of a wolf or dog.
The new dog in the kennel howled all night.
 
synonyms:
ululate
similar words:
caterwaul, cry, wail
definition 2: to cry out loudly, as from sorrow, distress, anger, or the like.
The wounded soldier howled in pain when he was moved.
synonyms:
bawl, cry out, wail
similar words:
bellow, groan, keen, moan, scream, yell, yowl
definition 3: (informal) to laugh loudly and exuberantly.
The audience howled at his jokes.
synonyms:
guffaw, roar, scream
similar words:
laugh
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to express by howling.
The crowd howled its disapproval.
synonyms:
bawl, roar
similar words:
bellow, cry, hoot, scream, shout, yell
definition 2: to overpower or drown out by shouting or howling (usu. fol. by "down").
They howled down their opponents.
similar words:
overpower
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a long, loud, plaintive cry or sound, such as that of a wolf or dog.
We heard the howl of a wolf in the distance.
synonyms:
yowl
similar words:
caterwaul
definition 2: a mournful cry, as from sorrow or pain.
The child hit his head against the wall and let out a howl.
synonyms:
bawl, wail
similar words:
cry, scream, yowl
definition 3: a hearty or derisive laugh, or something that causes such laughter.
The politician's comment brought howls from the audience.That scene in the movie was such a howl--we just couldn't stop laughing!
synonyms:
belly laugh, guffaw, roar, scream
similar words:
derision, hoot, laughter
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