Meaning of “howl” in the English Dictionary

"howl" in English

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uk /haʊl/ us /haʊl/

howl verb (PERSON/ANIMAL)

[ I ] If a dog or wolf howls, it makes a long, sad sound:

In the silence of the night, a lone wolf howled.

[ I or T ] to make a loud sound, usually to express pain, sadness, or another strong emotion:

An injured dog lay in the middle of the road, howling with/in pain.
We were howling with laughter.
figurative The opposition howled down the government's proposal (= shouted loudly to express disapproval).


uk /haʊl/ us /haʊl/

[ C ] a long, loud, sad sound:

the howl of the wind in the trees
He leaves his dog shut up in the house all day, and we can hear its howls.
She let out a howl of pain.

[ C usually plural ] a strong expression of emotion, such as anger or disagreement:

Plans to build a new supermarket have been greeted with howls of protest from local residents.

(Definition of “howl” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"howl" in American English

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howlverb [ I ]

us /hɑʊl/

to make a long, high, crying sound, like that of a dog:

Toby stepped on a nail, and he howled in pain.
The wind howled.
[ + that clause ] fig. The senators kept howling (= loudly complaining) that there was not enough money in the budget to pay for the president’s plan.

howlnoun [ C ]

us /hɑʊl/

a long, high, crying sound:

the howl of the wind
fig. The loudest howl (= strongly expressed complaint) seemed to come from farmers in the Midwest.

(Definition of “howl” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)