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HOWL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does howl mean? 

HOWL (noun)
  The noun HOWL has 3 senses:

1. a long loud emotional utterance
2. the long plaintive cry of a hound or a wolf
3. a loud sustained noise resembling the cry of a hound

  Familiarity information: HOWL used as a noun is uncommon.


HOWL (verb)
  The verb HOWL has 4 senses:

1. emit long loud cries
2. cry loudly, as of animals
3. make a loud noise, as of wind, water, or vehicles
4. laugh unrestrainedly and heartily

  Familiarity information: HOWL used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


HOWL (noun)


Sense 1howl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A long loud emotional utterance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

howl; howling; ululation

Context examples:

he gave a howl of pain / howls of laughter / their howling had no effect

Hypernyms ("howl" is a kind of...):

utterance; vocalization (the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication)


Sense 2howl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The long plaintive cry of a hound or a wolf

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("howl" is a kind of...):

cry (the characteristic utterance of an animal)


Sense 3howl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A loud sustained noise resembling the cry of a hound

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

the howl of the wind made him restless

Hypernyms ("howl" is a kind of...):

noise (sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "howl"):

squeal (a high-pitched howl)


HOWL (verb)


Sense 1howl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Emit long loud cries

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

yawl; yaup; wail; ululate; howl; roar

Context examples:

wail in self-pity / howl with sorrow

Hypernyms (to "howl" is one way to...):

call; cry; holler; hollo; scream; shout; shout out; squall; yell (utter a sudden loud cry)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "howl"):

squall; waul; wawl (make high-pitched, whiney noises)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 2howl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cry loudly, as of animals

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

wrawl; yammer; yowl; howl

Context example:

The coyotes were howling in the desert

Hypernyms (to "howl" is one way to...):

emit; let loose; let out; utter (express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words))

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s

Sentence examples:

You can hear animals howl in the meadows
The meadows howl with animals


Sense 3howl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a loud noise, as of wind, water, or vehicles

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

roar; howl

Context examples:

The wind was howling in the trees / The water roared down the chute

Hypernyms (to "howl" is one way to...):

make noise; noise; resound (emit a noise)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "howl"):

vroom (make a loud, roaring sound, as of a car engine, while moving)

bawl; yawp (make a raucous noise)

thunder (to make or produce a loud noise)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Sentence example:

The cars howl down the avenue


Sense 4howl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Laugh unrestrainedly and heartily

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

howl; roar

Hypernyms (to "howl" is one way to...):

express joy; express mirth; laugh (produce laughter)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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