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howl / houl/ • n. a long, loud, doleful cry uttered by an animal such as a dog or wolf. ∎  a loud cry of pain, fear, anger, amusement, or derision: he let out a howl of anguish | fig. I got howls of protest from readers. ∎  [in sing.] a prolonged wailing noise such as that made by a strong wind: they listened to the howl of the gale. ∎  Electr. a wailing noise in a loudspeaker due to electrical or acoustic feedback. • v. [intr.] make a howling sound: he howled in agony | the wind howled around the house. ∎  weep and cry out loudly: a baby started to howl. ∎  [tr.] (howl someone down) shout in disapproval in order to prevent a speaker from being heard: they howled me down and called me a chauvinist.

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howl vb. XIV. corr. to MLG., MDu. hūlen (Du. huilen), MHG. hiulen, hiuweln, rel. to OHG. hüwila (MHG. hiuwel) owl; perh. immed. f. ME. hūle OWL.
Hence howl sb. XVI.

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howlafoul, befoul, cowl, foul, fowl, growl, howl, jowl, owl, prowl, Rabaul, scowl, yowl •gamefowl • peafowl • wildfowl •moorfowl • waterfowl

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