Date: 1200-1300
Origin: From the sound


1 verb
1HBA [intransitive] if a dog, wolf, or other animal howls, it makes a long loud sound [↪ bark]:
The dogs howled all night.
2 [intransitive] to make a long loud cry because you are unhappy, angry, or in pain, or because you are amused or excited:
Upstairs, one of the twins began to howl (=cry).
howl in/with
Somewhere, someone was howling in pain.
He makes audiences howl with laughter.
3 [intransitive and transitive] to shout or demand something angrily
howl for
Republicans have been howling for military intervention.
4 [intransitive] if the wind howls, it makes a loud high sound as it blows:
wind howling in the trees

howl somebody/something ↔ down

phrasal verb
to prevent someone or something from being heard by shouting loudly and angrily [= shout down]

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