Definition of growl in English:

growl

Pronunciation /ɡroul/ /ɡraʊl/

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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • 1(of an animal, especially a dog) make a low guttural sound in the throat.

    ‘the dogs yapped and growled about his heels’
    • ‘It's kind of a dogs-and-kids rule of thumb that if the dog growls at a kid, they shouldn't be left alone together.’
    • ‘The dog growls at the bottom of the tree, trying to claw his way up.’
    • ‘Indeed they looked like trapped tigers growling deep in their throats.’
    • ‘Ken let out a loud sigh, which almost sounded like a dog growling.’
    • ‘There's a dog growling, a cat hissing, a fox snarling, a wolf with flattened ears, and a winged creature extending its claws.’
    • ‘Pets growled and barked at their masters instead of licking their hands and wagging their tails.’
    • ‘I was aware of the odd skirmish with dogs growling at each other and even a very occasional bark.’
    • ‘He went into the apartment block and I turned around and saw wolves growling at me.’
    • ‘This lurcher came up to us and the dogs growled and it went away.’
    • ‘If you listen closely you'll hear the lambs gamboling and the wolf growling away in the low brass.’
    • ‘Sometimes a pet growls or exhibits unfounded aggression during this time.’
    • ‘Some animals, particularly four young porkers, seem upset by this, but the dogs start growling and put an end to all discussion.’
    • ‘He was angrily growling in his throat as he padded through a pair of trees.’
    • ‘The bear growled lowly, but knew the medic was right.’
    • ‘All three dogs growled menacingly at the figure.’
    • ‘The bear growled menacingly and took a couple steps toward them.’
    • ‘The wolf growled in anger and clamped its jaws down on Ray's shoulder.’
    • ‘I turned to pick up a cookie and that dumb dog was growling again.’
    • ‘Her pearly white fangs were bared as she growled deep within her throat.’
    • ‘The cat fell into a tangle of leaves and vegetation growling in pain and anger.’
    snarl, bark, yap, bay
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    1. 1.1with direct speech (of a person) say something in a low grating voice, typically in a hostile or angry manner.
      ‘“Keep out of this,” he growled’
      • ‘I was sitting on the bench and I suppose I was growling a little bit.’
      • ‘He just growled a bit in response and went back to his room, closing the door softly so as not to disturb Jessie's friends.’
      • ‘He practically growled it and the next thing I knew I was pushed up against the wall and he kissed me.’
      • ‘‘Oh, no you don't,’ Tracy growls in a threatening manner.’
      • ‘I am growling inwardly, and I keep finding non-existent excuses to disappear for coffee.’
      • ‘The third time he just growled and bought a cone from the ice-cream van that had spotted a niche market in servicing journalists at a murder scene.’
      • ‘I actually growled when dragged to this meeting; I'm not really bothering to hide my irritation these days.’
      • ‘But then someone would talk to me and I would growl back at them and I felt horrible about that.’
      • ‘He would growl, he would grunt and he would scream through vocal lines.’
      • ‘I would growl contemptuously at my reflection in the bathroom mirror each morning.’
      • ‘Who knows, after a few steins you may even be able to understand what he's growling about.’
      • ‘He growled softly under his breath and angrily punched the mirror.’
      • ‘I grin when I hear him growl softly under his breath.’
      • ‘The woman growls slightly under her breath and grabs the clipboard.’
      • ‘She growled out in frustration and whipped around, her hand on the door handle.’
      • ‘"Where is your brother? " the voice growled again.’
      • ‘"No, I'll be fine, " he practically growled through his teeth.’
      • ‘"What's going on in here, " a rough, stern voice suddenly growled into the cafeteria microphone.’
      • ‘Before he could respond, her phone beeped and she growled in annoyance.’
      • ‘"He's here, " he growled into the phone before he hung it up.’
      say roughly, say brusquely, say nastily, say angrily, say abruptly, bark, snap, snarl, fling, hurl
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    2. 1.2(of a thing) make a low or harsh rumbling sound.
      ‘thunder growls without warning from a summer sky’
      • ‘A rumbling, train-like noise growls throughout this scene and follows the first woman into the café.’
      • ‘He kissed her lips as the thunder growled again, the sky filling up with a flash of lightning.’
      • ‘Thunder growled at the boat and lightning snapped at its heels constantly.’
      • ‘Oliver could feel a slight rumble now, growling louder.’
      • ‘I groan piteously, my stomach growling, echoing in the silence like a gunshot.’
      • ‘Miles away a thunderhead had begun its afternoon romp and was growling lazily.’
      • ‘She backed up a stop as it continued to roll onward, uttering long, low rumbles that passed as growls.’
      • ‘The rest of the house was completely dark with the exclusion of bright flashes of lightning every other minute or so, followed by a quiet growling thunder.’
      • ‘She asked as thunder growled outside and clouds rolled in blocking out the sky.’
      • ‘The whole house filled with sweet smells and the sound of growling bellies echoed through the walls.’
      • ‘The engine let out a growling rumble, the main thruster roaring in response, and they shot forward.’
      • ‘The sight and sound of predominately young males parading around the county with stereos thumping and large exhausts growling is a growing nuisance.’
      • ‘The flash came down with a growling roar, dazzled my eyes and deafened my ears.’
      • ‘His stomach growled angrily and he caught a few glimpses of disapproving gazes directed at him.’
      • ‘He kissed her lips as the thunder growled again, the sky filling up with a flash of lightning.’
      rumble, boom, roar, blast, pound, thud, thump, bang, ring, grumble, growl, resound, reverberate, echo, beat
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noun

  • 1A low guttural sound made in the throat by a hostile dog or other animal.

    ‘the bulldog lumbered to her feet with a threatening growl’
    • ‘the growl of diesel engines’
    • ‘It barred its teeth and a deep growl came from its throat.’
    • ‘She swished her tail and let a small growl out of her throat.’
    • ‘It wasn't under anyone's direct control, evident by the way it bore its sharp teeth at them, a growl rising in its throat.’
    • ‘The pack members trembled in anticipation, mouths salivating, lips pulled back to bare pointed fangs, and many emitted low, guttural growls.’
    • ‘She bared her fangs, a small growl emitting from her throat.’
    baying, howl, howling, bark, barking, cry, crying, growl, growling, bellow, bellowing, roar, roaring, clamour, clamouring
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    1. 1.1A low guttural sound or utterance made by a person, especially to express hostility or anger.
      ‘with a growl of fury, he tightened his grip’
      • ‘The black figure stumbled backwards with a growl of anger, but he held his chest in a gesture that spoke of tremendous pain.’
      • ‘I felt a growl of anger rising, and forced it down with an effort of will.’
      • ‘I made a sound in my throat that resembled a growl as I tried to grasp what the teacher was saying about Pre-Algebra.’
      • ‘She could hear the clinking of the swords now, and the low, guttural growl of a general's orders.’
      • ‘I opted that the growl coming from his throat was because of how heavy the luggage was, not because he was annoyed with my constant bickering.’
      • ‘He stared up at the sky, a deep growl rumbling in his throat.’
      • ‘She let a low growl escape her throat when she saw him there.’
      • ‘A deep growl had crept into my throat, a growl which I had, unfortunately, inherited from my father.’
      • ‘I heard a growl in his throat as he forced me to look in his eyes.’
      • ‘His smirk quickly fell into a scowl, a low growl escaping his throat.’
      • ‘His voice was harsh, demanding and Katharine could not stop herself from letting a low growl emit from her throat.’
      • ‘A low growl escaped his throat, his expression getting darker by the second.’
      • ‘A soft growl ripped through his throat and he wrapped his arm around her waist, pulling her back to him.’
      • ‘He let out a guttural growl and then a groan when his cell phone rang.’
      • ‘At the sight of his stepmother, Ian makes a noise deep in his throat, almost a growl.’
      • ‘An odd growl escaped her throat as she shut her book and walked under the doorway.’
      • ‘The voice was a low, guttural growl; the question was given as a command.’
      • ‘Mr. Williams let an angry growl escape from his throat, grabbed the digital clock from his desk and slammed it against the wall.’
      • ‘A growl escapes her throat, chilling the room by several degrees.’
      • ‘The heat immediately rushed to my face and a low growl started in my throat.’

Origin

Mid 17th century probably imitative.