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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Probably from the sound

growl

verb
     
growl
1 [intransitive] if an animal growls, it makes a long deep angry sound [↪ bark, snarl]
growl at
The dog growled at me.
2 [intransitive and transitive] to say something in a low angry voice [= snarl]:
'Get out of my way,' he growled.
growl at
'Who are you?' he growled at me.
growl noun [countable]
He heard a low growl behind him.

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