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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a cry/howl/bellow etc of rage
▪ She remembered his cries of rage as he was taken away.
a dog howls (=makes a long loud sound like a wolf)
▪ We knew something was wrong because the dogs were howling.
a howling gale (=one that makes a lot of noise)
▪ The ship was drifting towards the shore in a howling gale.
the wind howls (=makes a lot of noise)
▪ The wind howled round the house all night.
▪ The wind would howl up the close entrances and whistle up the stairs.
▪ Then a fierce wind howled through the forest and over the camps, spreading alarm everywhere.
▪ The train was still inside the tunnel, the wind howling like a mad banshee through the open windows.
▪ For six weeks after our arrival it rained almost continually and the wind howled melancholy dirges around our chimneys and doors.
▪ The wind howled, and my feet were cold.
▪ Huge waves rose, and the wind howled.
▪ It was very dark, and the wind howled horribly around her, but Dorothy found she was riding quite easily.
be a howling success
▪ Dave howled in pain as Ranzell beat him.
▪ Many businesses are howling that they will not be able to operate efficiently under the new regulations.
▪ Strong winds howled across the region.
▪ Do not be put off if some are howling.
▪ For six weeks after our arrival it rained almost continually and the wind howled melancholy dirges around our chimneys and doors.
▪ One boy in my class howled and cried almost the whole of every day.
▪ The wind was howling and the temperature was dropping fast.
▪ Their world became a blinding wall of white, howling towards them, too fast for thought or action.
▪ We were side-slipping, starboard wing down, falling to earth with our engines howling.
▪ White kicked off her shoes and the audience howled, for under her fishnet stockings were toes stuck with corn plasters.
▪ Again the howl, as if one of Satan's demons was rising from the pit of Hell.
▪ Again the howl, nearer, more drawn out, chilling the heart as well as the blood.
▪ He heard a howl which seemed to rise from the very bowels of the earth: long, cruel and haunting.
▪ He let out a howl, and his hands flew off the steering wheel.
▪ He twisted around toward the one who had him in his grasp, and let out a guttural, weird howl.
▪ Her words were not words but howls, her fists beating her chest.
▪ Inevitably there would be howls of protest but there are several valid responses to these.
▪ Sorry as I felt for him, those howls nearly undid me.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Howl \Howl\, v. t. To utter with outcry. ``Go . . . howl it out in deserts.''


Howl \Howl\, n.

  1. The protracted, mournful cry of a dog or a wolf, or other like sound.

  2. A prolonged cry of distress or anguish; a wail.


Howl \Howl\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Howled; p. pr. & vb. n. Howling.] [OE. houlen, hulen; akin to D. huilen, MHG. hiulen, hiuweln, OHG. hiuwil[=o]n to exult, h?wo owl, Dan. hyle to howl.]

  1. To utter a loud, protracted, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do.

    And dogs in corners set them down to howl.

    Methought a legion of foul fiends Environ'd me about, and howled in my ears.

  2. To utter a sound expressive of distress; to cry aloud and mournfully; to lament; to wail.

    Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand.
    --Is. xiii. 6.

  3. To make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast.

    Wild howled the wind.
    --Sir W. Scott.

    Howling monkey. (Zo["o]l.) See Howler, 2.

    Howling wilderness, a wild, desolate place inhabited only by wild beasts.
    --Deut. xxxii. 10.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 13c., houlen, probably ultimately of imitative origin; similar formations are found in other Germanic languages. Related: Howled; howling. As a noun from 1590s.


n. 1 The protracted, mournful cry of a dog or a wolf, or other like sound. 2 A prolonged cry of distress or anguish; a wail. vb. 1 To utter a loud, protracted, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do. 2 To utter a sound expressive of pain or distress; to cry aloud and mournfully; to lament; to wail. 3 To make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast. 4 To utter with outcry.

  1. n. a long loud emotional utterance; "he gave a howl of pain"; "howls of laughter"; "their howling had no effect" [syn: howling, ululation]

  2. the long plaintive cry of a hound or a wolf

  3. a loud sustained noise resembling the cry of a hound; "the howl of the wind made him restless"

  4. v. emit long loud cries; "wail in self-pity"; "howl with sorrow" [syn: ululate, wail, roar, yawl]

  5. cry loudly, as of animals; "The coyotes were howling in the desert" [syn: wrawl, yammer, yowl]

  6. make a loud noise, as of wind, water, or vehicles; "The wind was howling in the trees"; "The water roared down the chute" [syn: roar]

  7. laugh unrestrainedly and heartily [syn: roar]

Howl (disambiguation)

Howl is a 1956 poem by Allen Ginsberg.

Howl may also refer to:

Howl (poem)
Howl (2010 film)

Howl is a 2010 American experimental film which explores both the Six Gallery debut and the 1957 obscenity trial of 20th-century American poet Allen Ginsberg's noted poem Howl. The film is written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and stars James Franco as Ginsberg.

Howl (Norwegian band)

Howl is a rock band from Oslo, Norway. The band's name is taken from the Allen Ginsberg poem with the same name.

Howl (American band)

Howl is an American doom metal band from Providence, Rhode Island, United States, formed in 2006. They released their debut album, Full of Hell, in May 2010.


"Howl" is a poem written by Allen Ginsberg in 1955, published as part of his 1956 collection of poetry titled Howl and Other Poems, and dedicated to Carl Solomon.

Ginsberg began work on "Howl" as early as 1954. In the Paul Blackburn Tape Archive at the University of California, San Diego, Ginsberg can be heard reading early drafts of his poem to his fellow writing associates. "Howl" is considered to be one of the great works of American literature. It came to be associated with the group of writers known as the Beat Generation.

There is no foundation to the myth that "Howl" was written as a performance piece and later published by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books. This myth was perpetrated by Ferlinghetti as part of the defense's case during the poem's obscenity trial. Upon the poem's release, Ferlinghetti and the bookstore's manager, Shigeyoshi Murao, were charged with disseminating obscene literature, and both were arrested. On October 3, 1957, Judge Clayton W. Horn ruled that the poem was not obscene.

Howl (album)

Howl is a 2005 album by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It is their third studio album and was released on August 22, 2005. The record was released in the UK and Europe by Echo and by RCA in the U.S. (distributed through RED Distribution), Australia, Japan and the rest of the world.

Howl infuses blues, country, and gospel throughout, stemming from their love of Americana less apparent in their 2001 and 2003 releases.

An extended version of the song "Howl" (which runs 6:12, as opposed to the 4:20 length of the album version) appears on the soundtrack to the 2007 film Southland Tales.

"Devil's Waitin'" was used in the 2012 Hell on Wheels (TV series) Season 2 finale episode "Blood Moon Rising". The opening track, "Shuffle Your Feet" is used in several points in David Simon's TV miniseries about Iraq, Generation Kill.

Initial versions of the CD released in the U.S. are copy controlled.

Howl (Howl EP)

Howl is an EP and first release by American doom metal band Howl. It was originally released independently in 2008, and was reissued on July 21, 2009, following the band's signing with Relapse Records.

Howl (Beware of Darkness EP)

Howl is the debut EP by American rock band Beware of Darkness, released April 17, 2012, under exclusive license to Bright Antenna Records. The album was made available as a digital download, and CD available only at shows.

SPIN Magazine declared the lead single, "Howl", "[a] Zeppelin-riffing, bluesy face-stomper."

Howl (song)

"Howl" is the debut single by American rock band Beware of Darkness. The song first appeared on the band's 2012 EP Howl and was featured on their debut LP Orthodox where it was an instant download with the pre-order of the album. The music video premiered on September 14, 2012 on Fuse.

Howl (2015 film)

Howl is a direct-to-video 2015 British indie monster movie, directed by Paul Hyett and starring Ed Speleers.

Usage examples of "howl".

With a redder, more abysmal gleam in his deep dark eyes he told of men and women flayed alive, mutilated and dismembered, of captives howling under tortures so ghastly that even the barbarous Cimmerian grunted.

There befell the battle of Huan and Wolf-Sauron, and howls and baying echoed in the hills, and the watchers on the walls of Ered Wethrin across the valley heard it afar and were dismayed.

With a howl from the fan room aft, the huge displacement blower began blowing the ballast tanks dry.

Nyarlathotep, the mad faceless god, howls blindly in the darkness to the piping of two amorphous idiot flute--players.

Stray cannonballs, aimed too high, howled overhead, while others, aimed too low, skipped across the surface of the water and crashed into the friendly ships anchored alongside them.

She hardly moved a foot in either direction, and yet the wind, as evidenced by the anemometer was howling along at a hundred and twenty miles an hour!

Emily, and howled Palamon, And Theseus his sister took anon Swooning, and bare her from the corpse away.

The silence was scarcely disturbed by the howling of jaguars and the chattering of the monkeys, the latter appearing to particularly irritate Master Jup.

Blaster bolts flashed through every angle, their bursts an arrhythmic drumbeat under the howling chorus of the Korun shield-weapons.

The keren choked upon its own blood and clawed at the spear, attempting to howl as it staggered in its forward rush, and then was it falling to the ground, its soul already sped.

This cat had howled at some unknown hour of the night, awaking the cook in time for her to see him dart purposefully out of the open door down the stairs.

The English were howling, the French were shouting, a trumpet was calling from the barbican and every church bell on the Ile Saint Jean was tolling the alarm.

In blissful ignorance of this unfortunate result of their performance, Billy Brackett and Bim sang and howled in concert, until their repertory was exhausted, when they lay down on the floor of the hut, and with the facility of those to whom camp life has become a second nature, were quickly asleep.

We passed through scattered belts of pinewood, where the wild cat howled and the owl screeched, and across broad stretches of fenland and moor, where the silence was only broken by the booming cry of the bittern or the fluttering of wild duck far above our heads.

On hearing this suggestion Scragga uttered a sort of howl, and bolted into the hut.