Definition of growl in English:

growl

verb

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

    ‘the dogs yapped and growled at his heels’
    • ‘Her pearly white fangs were bared as she growled deep within her throat.’
    • ‘The bear growled menacingly and took a couple steps toward them.’
    • ‘He went into the apartment block and I turned around and saw wolves growling at me.’
    • ‘I turned to pick up a cookie and that dumb dog was growling again.’
    • ‘Pets growled and barked at their masters instead of licking their hands and wagging their tails.’
    • ‘There's a dog growling, a cat hissing, a fox snarling, a wolf with flattened ears, and a winged creature extending its claws.’
    • ‘The cat fell into a tangle of leaves and vegetation growling in pain and anger.’
    • ‘The dog growls at the bottom of the tree, trying to claw his way up.’
    • ‘The wolf growled in anger and clamped its jaws down on Ray's shoulder.’
    • ‘Ken let out a loud sigh, which almost sounded like a dog growling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed they looked like trapped tigers growling deep in their throats.’
    • ‘The bear growled lowly, but knew the medic was right.’
    • ‘I was aware of the odd skirmish with dogs growling at each other and even a very occasional bark.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All three dogs growled menacingly at the figure.’
    • ‘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.’
    snarl, bark, yap, bay
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    1. 1.1[with direct speech](of a person) say something in a low harsh voice, typically in a threatening manner.
      ‘‘Keep out of this,’ he growled’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘"No, I'll be fine, " he practically growled through his teeth.’
      • ‘Who knows, after a few steins you may even be able to understand what he's growling about.’
      • ‘I would growl contemptuously at my reflection in the bathroom mirror each morning.’
      • ‘‘Oh, no you don't,’ Tracy growls in a threatening manner.’
      • ‘He growled softly under his breath and angrily punched the mirror.’
      • ‘"What's going on in here, " a rough, stern voice suddenly growled into the cafeteria microphone.’
      • ‘The woman growls slightly under her breath and grabs the clipboard.’
      • ‘"Where is your brother? " the voice growled again.’
      • ‘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's here, " he growled into the phone before he hung it up.’
      • ‘I grin when I hear him growl softly under his breath.’
      • ‘She growled out in frustration and whipped around, her hand on the door handle.’
      • ‘He would growl, he would grunt and he would scream through vocal lines.’
      • ‘Before he could respond, her phone beeped and she growled in annoyance.’
      • ‘He practically growled it and the next thing I knew I was pushed up against the wall and he kissed me.’
      • ‘I am growling inwardly, and I keep finding non-existent excuses to disappear for coffee.’
      • ‘But then someone would talk to me and I would growl back at them and I felt horrible about that.’
      • ‘I was sitting on the bench and I suppose I was growling a little bit.’
      • ‘I actually growled when dragged to this meeting; I'm not really bothering to hide my irritation these days.’
    2. 1.2Make a low or harsh rumbling sound.
      ‘thunder growls without warning from a summer 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She backed up a stop as it continued to roll onward, uttering long, low rumbles that passed as growls.’
      • ‘His stomach growled angrily and he caught a few glimpses of disapproving gazes directed at him.’
      • ‘A rumbling, train-like noise growls throughout this scene and follows the first woman into the café.’
      • ‘Miles away a thunderhead had begun its afternoon romp and was growling lazily.’
      • ‘She asked as thunder growled outside and clouds rolled in blocking out the sky.’
      • ‘The sight and sound of predominately young males parading around the county with stereos thumping and large exhausts growling is a growing nuisance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The flash came down with a growling roar, dazzled my eyes and deafened my ears.’
      • ‘He kissed her lips as the thunder growled again, the sky filling up with a flash of lightning.’

noun

  • 1A growling sound made by a hostile animal.

    ‘the bulldog lumbered to her feet with a threatening growl’
    [in singular] ‘the growl of diesel engines’
    • ‘Thereafter, the roars become little more than a growl.’
    • ‘In general, vocalizations are varied and include: trumpeting, whistles, twitters, honks, barks, grunts, quacks, croaks and growls.’
    • ‘One of them catches our scent and lets out a howl or a growl or something in between.’
    • ‘His growl is impressively rabid, and his bark could curdle a bowl of milk at 20 paces.’
    • ‘His voice was as low as the growl animals used to warn each other off.’
    • ‘A low growl, like the sound of sand and gravel rolling around deep within his broad chest, emanated from the beast continuously.’
    • ‘Under her window, Alex suddenly let out a deep growl and started barking.’
    • ‘Every second, even when the dog disappeared from view, I could hear its barks and growls.’
    • ‘While in captivity, they are very vocal, uttering high-pitched whines and howls, rasping growls.’
    • ‘Birds were not the only sounds he heard, it was almost music, but it was more natural, the trees whistled and hummed, and he could hear the rhythmic growls of the animals below.’
    • ‘Their threatening growls reverberated off the walls of the small alley.’
    • ‘She scratches the garage with her paw and hears barks and growls inside the garage.’
    • ‘Apart from the occasional growl, there isn't a sound.’
    • ‘Other species, including nonhuman primates, do not seem to learn vocalization in this way but have their various barks and growls hard-wired from birth.’
    • ‘He never bit anyone, as far as I can remember, but he was a master of the threatening growl.’
    • ‘Most of the wolves were nodding to each other and conversing in wolf speech, which consisted mostly of growls, grunts, barks and howls.’
    • ‘While we sail, I heard growls and roars from the forest.’
    • ‘They also communicate with snarls, barks, growls, and whines.’
    • ‘Everyone echoed some signature sound, breathing out an animal growl.’
    • ‘It was part wail, part growl - an animal wounded and angry.’
    1. 1.1A low, harsh sound or utterance.
      ‘with a growl of fury, he tightened his grip’
      • ‘Her voice was a low growl and I inwardly cringed as she used his title, knowing that she it was not meant as a measure of respect.’
      • ‘I hadn't believed myself sleepy, but his voice was a soothing growl and he was stroking my hair in a slow, relaxing caress.’
      • ‘Her voice was a quiet growl, her pronunciation of each word a blunt edge ripping into him.’
      • ‘You'll recognise the voice too - the mean growls, the girlish coos, the dizzy incantations.’
      • ‘The low growl of their voices alerted him to who his attackers were.’
      • ‘It was deep and sounded more like a growl than a moan.’
      • ‘I can almost hear the furious grinding of teeth, the growls of seething rage and the sound of knives being sharpened as people prepare to tell me in almost interminable detail why I'm oh-so-very wrong.’
      • ‘The troll let out a growl of fury as it dropped the tainted sword with a loud thud.’
      • ‘I couldn't keep a growl out of my voice - not that I tried very hard.’
      • ‘With a growl of fury, he drove up next to the smaller car and looked in.’
      • ‘His bright, sparkling trumpet and the joyful growl of his voice are familiar to people the world over.’
      • ‘‘It's good for the team that there's competition for places,’ he says in a deep voice that rumbles like a growl.’
      • ‘Damien laughed and demonstrated his grating growl of a voice.’
      • ‘My voice was a low growl, terrifying to all but those who knew me best - or were really stupid and not afraid of anything.’
      • ‘Clicks, purrs, growls, squeals, and roars are my only forms of verbal communication.’
      • ‘‘Distortion riffs, grungy growls, psychedelic whines - that's the kind of music we like to play,’ the band announces.’
      • ‘My voice dropped to a growl, and this only seemed to entertain her more.’
      • ‘His growls in protest when given a directive are more noticeable and he does his tasks with more resistance, apparently resentful of the ‘unfairness’ he suffered just a few hours prior.’
      • ‘He let out a growl of fury and swung his fist towards Will's cheek.’
      • ‘The half-demon gave a growl of fury and leapt up, throwing herself onto the bars.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: probably imitative.

Pronunciation:

growl

/ɡraʊl/