|Origin:||Probably from the sound|
if an animal growls, it makes a long deep angry sound [↪ bark, snarl]
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.
'Who are you?' he growled at me.
—growl noun [countable]
He heard a low growl behind him.