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English definition of “growl”


verb [I]     /ɡraʊl/
to make a low , rough sound , usually in anger : The dog growled at her and snapped at her ankles . [+ speech] "Not now, I'm busy ," he growled.Animal (non-human) soundsBecoming angry and expressing anger growl     noun [C] The dog eyed me suspiciously and gave a low growl.Animal (non-human) sounds
(Definition of growl verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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