Definition of owling in English:

owling

noun

  • 1US regional. The action of imitating the hooting of an owl, especially to discover the whereabouts of birds when hunting them.

  • 2The practice of smuggling wool or sheep out of England; the trade of an owler. In early use frequently attributive, as "owling trade", etc. Now historical.

  • 3The activity of observing owls in their natural environment, especially at night.

Origin

Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). From owl + -ing.

Pronunciation

owling

/ˈaʊlɪŋ/