Definition of yowl in US English:



  • A loud wailing cry, especially one of pain or distress.

    • ‘Shrieking yowls rang through the cold trees behind me, unearthly and terrifying, and that fear was all that dragged me to my feet again.’
    • ‘Cale let out a yowl of pain that the coyotes in Arizona could hear and envy.’
    • ‘All I got for my concern was a glare but not long afterwards a great yowl came at the door as she demanded entrance.’
    • ‘I screech, and Aryan, who was napping at the foot of my bed, bolts up, yowls unhappily at me, and stampedes down the hall.’
    • ‘Olympia yet out a yowl of pain, and the tried to bite at his face.’
    • ‘He let out a little yowl and looked at me like he'd seen a ghost.’
    • ‘From the adjacent room came the sudden sound of running water and an insulted yowl.’
    • ‘His body fell into a light spasm as the pain set up, ripping a yowl from his possibly broken jaw.’
    • ‘Sure, coyotes howled during the night, their yips and yowls bouncing off the mountains and across the valley.’
    • ‘You could hear the yowls all the way to Texas.’
    • ‘Vicki gave a loud yowl and everyone else stared at us.’
    • ‘Those yowls only mingled with the cries of their competitors, the noises from animals and carts and other traffic.’
    • ‘He stared wide eyed at the creatures before him, his last yowl of pain being cut short.’
    • ‘John yowls in pain and spins around with a backfist without even looking.’
    • ‘Muffled cries and yells could now be heard, along with a yowl of pain.’
    • ‘Misti jumped from his shoulders with a yowl as he fell into Ryan.’
    • ‘I dropped my heavy backpack on his foot, effectively earning a yowl of pain.’
    • ‘He let out a muffled yowl as he landed face-first on top of Mike, who was still on the floor.’
    • ‘There would have been some yowls of agony, and that would have been that.’
    • ‘She graced me with a yowl, which I took, mistakenly, to mean general agreement.’
    howl, howling, wail, wailing, screech, screeching, shriek, shrieking, scream, screaming, bawl, bawling, cry, crying, yell, yelling, yelp, yelping, yowling, squall, squalling, whine, whining, ululating
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[no object]
  • Make a loud wailing cry.

    ‘he yowled as he touched one of the hot plates’
    • ‘It yowled before it hit the water, producing another outburst from Casper.’
    • ‘Typically, he yowled all the way to the surgery, then flirted outrageously with the vet,.’
    • ‘Scratching and yowling ensued, but I had these visions of grout and paws and stood firm.’
    • ‘Is it possible that I can actually hear foxes yowling?’
    • ‘I yowl at the moon again, and if wolves could cry, I would be crying.’
    • ‘Dolly insisted on going out for a little while, and yowled at the door until I opened it.’
    • ‘He yowled and barked and I threw that loop for him and he gnawed at it real good.’
    • ‘Several times a day she comes along moaning and yowling.’
    • ‘Mike started chewing on my fingers, Andy planted himself on my chest, and Dorey yowled in my ear.’
    • ‘The band of boys cheered and yowled but Eric told them all to shut up.’
    • ‘Thraest yowled, hands flying up to his face as he reeled back.’
    • ‘They were very handsome big cats, always lazy except when Minet would yowl for a night or two of freedom.’
    • ‘I don't know how many times during the day she yowled to be let out to test it, give it a thump and come back in, glaring at me.’
    • ‘He sat up and Bill slid to the floor and collected himself, yowling for tuna.’
    • ‘I often hear them at night scampering about, shrieking and yowling.’
    • ‘They mated yowling beneath the house in spring and left bits of mouse fur and bone and batwings in the barn.’
    • ‘Whitney yowled and pounced gleefully into the mess, her tail twitching excitedly.’
    • ‘The first time we made Thanksgiving dinner, she stalked the kitchen for hours, yowling.’
    • ‘Officers were strutting around before their troops, waving swords and yowling, psyching them up.’
    • ‘He stood panting hard, then yowled and drew his sword, wielding it like a bat as he swung.’
    • ‘Tom yowled, stretched, and glared balefully at him.’
    • ‘The panther and cat yowled their fury but the ends of the vines sunk roots for themselves and were immovable.’
    • ‘Then a cat started yowling under my window, and soon another one joined in.’
    • ‘She jumped over a familiar log, yowling in despair as realization hit her.’
    • ‘I walk into the upstairs hallway, tripping over our cat, Milo, who yowls in protest.’
    • ‘Right now the cat next door is yowling to be let in.’
    • ‘She clapped her hands and Donnie zoomed away from the kitchen, yowling all the way.’
    • ‘He may yowl at the door to go outside, but be firm.’
    • ‘How is one to sleep with the likes of you yowling your inconsiderable brains out!’
    • ‘Strata yowled, raising her shot and downing it.’
    • ‘Kemi chased the butterflies until they flew away, and then she yowled for more playthings.’
    • ‘He or she may bark or yowl in a vain attempt to get you to just as miraculously reappear.’
    • ‘There was more arguing, yowling, then the sheets were pulled off and I gasped at the shock of the cold air against my skin.’
    • ‘Switchblade yowled in protest and dug his claws into the seat.’
    • ‘Marie yowled outraged at getting wet and went under Phoenix's cloak.’
    • ‘Along she came to see what was up, plodded over to the kitchen door all bleary eyed, and yowled to be let out.’
    • ‘It screamed and yowled its way through the night, presumably in pain.’
    • ‘He yowled with pain and hopped off, his ball rolling away, only to be surrounded with worried girls and their attentions.’
    • ‘Lucom continued to yowl and clutched her legs beneath his claws.’
    • ‘He yowled in pain and jumped up, causing the keys to drop off and Jazz made a huge lunged for it and unlocked herself.’
    howl, weep, cry, sob, moan, groan, keen, lament, yowl, blubber, snivel, whimper, whine, squall, bawl, shriek, scream, yelp, caterwaul, waul
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Middle English: imitative.