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English noun: howl

1. howl (communication) a long loud emotional utterance

SamplesHe gave a howl of pain.
Howls of laughter.
Their howling had no effect.

Synonymshowling, ululation

Broader (hypernym)utterance, vocalization

2. howl (event) the long plaintive cry of a hound or a wolf

Broader (hypernym)cry

3. howl (event) a loud sustained noise resembling the cry of a hound

SamplesThe howl of the wind made him restless.

Broader (hypernym)noise

Narrower (hyponym)squeal

English verb: howl

1. howl (communication) emit long loud cries

SamplesWail in self-pity.
Howl with sorrow.

Synonymsroar, ululate, wail, yaup, yawl

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)call, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell

Narrower (hyponym)squall, waul, wawl

2. howl (communication) cry loudly, as of animals

SamplesThe coyotes were howling in the desert.

ExamplesYou can hear animals howl in the meadows, The meadows howl with animals

Synonymswrawl, yammer, yowl

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)emit, let loose, let out, utter

3. howl (communication) make a loud noise, as of wind, water, or vehicles

SamplesThe wind was howling in the trees.
The water roared down the chute.

ExamplesThe cars howl down the avenue


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)make noise, noise, resound

Narrower (hyponym)bawl, thunder, vroom, yawp

4. howl (body) laugh unrestrainedly and heartily


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)express joy, express mirth, laugh

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