Definition of yowl in English:



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

    • ‘Sure, coyotes howled during the night, their yips and yowls bouncing off the mountains and across the valley.’
    • ‘Muffled cries and yells could now be heard, along with a yowl of pain.’
    • ‘I dropped my heavy backpack on his foot, effectively earning a yowl of pain.’
    • ‘His body fell into a light spasm as the pain set up, ripping a yowl from his possibly broken jaw.’
    • ‘He let out a little yowl and looked at me like he'd seen a ghost.’
    • ‘You could hear the yowls all the way to Texas.’
    • ‘Cale let out a yowl of pain that the coyotes in Arizona could hear and envy.’
    • ‘Olympia yet out a yowl of pain, and the tried to bite at his face.’
    • ‘There would have been some yowls of agony, and that would have been that.’
    • ‘John yowls in pain and spins around with a backfist without even looking.’
    • ‘Vicki gave a loud yowl and everyone else stared at us.’
    • ‘Misti jumped from his shoulders with a yowl as he fell into Ryan.’
    • ‘Shrieking yowls rang through the cold trees behind me, unearthly and terrifying, and that fear was all that dragged me to my feet again.’
    • ‘She graced me with a yowl, which I took, mistakenly, to mean general agreement.’
    • ‘He stared wide eyed at the creatures before him, his last yowl of pain being cut short.’
    • ‘Those yowls only mingled with the cries of their competitors, the noises from animals and carts and other traffic.’
    • ‘He let out a muffled yowl as he landed face-first on top of Mike, who was still on the floor.’
    • ‘I screech, and Aryan, who was napping at the foot of my bed, bolts up, yowls unhappily at me, and stampedes down the hall.’
    • ‘From the adjacent room came the sudden sound of running water and an insulted yowl.’
    • ‘All I got for my concern was a glare but not long afterwards a great yowl came at the door as she demanded entrance.’
    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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  • Make a loud wailing cry.

    ‘he yowled as he touched one of the hot plates’
    • ‘He sat up and Bill slid to the floor and collected himself, yowling for tuna.’
    • ‘They were very handsome big cats, always lazy except when Minet would yowl for a night or two of freedom.’
    • ‘Tom yowled, stretched, and glared balefully at him.’
    • ‘She jumped over a familiar log, yowling in despair as realization hit her.’
    • ‘Typically, he yowled all the way to the surgery, then flirted outrageously with the vet,.’
    • ‘Lucom continued to yowl and clutched her legs beneath his claws.’
    • ‘I yowl at the moon again, and if wolves could cry, I would be crying.’
    • ‘She clapped her hands and Donnie zoomed away from the kitchen, yowling all the way.’
    • ‘He yowled and barked and I threw that loop for him and he gnawed at it real good.’
    • ‘He yowled with pain and hopped off, his ball rolling away, only to be surrounded with worried girls and their attentions.’
    • ‘It screamed and yowled its way through the night, presumably in pain.’
    • ‘I often hear them at night scampering about, shrieking and yowling.’
    • ‘Several times a day she comes along moaning and yowling.’
    • ‘They mated yowling beneath the house in spring and left bits of mouse fur and bone and batwings in the barn.’
    • ‘How is one to sleep with the likes of you yowling your inconsiderable brains out!’
    • ‘The band of boys cheered and yowled but Eric told them all to shut up.’
    • ‘I walk into the upstairs hallway, tripping over our cat, Milo, who yowls in protest.’
    • ‘Scratching and yowling ensued, but I had these visions of grout and paws and stood firm.’
    • ‘Strata yowled, raising her shot and downing it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kemi chased the butterflies until they flew away, and then she yowled for more playthings.’
    • ‘The first time we made Thanksgiving dinner, she stalked the kitchen for hours, yowling.’
    • ‘He yowled in pain and jumped up, causing the keys to drop off and Jazz made a huge lunged for it and unlocked herself.’
    • ‘Right now the cat next door is yowling to be let in.’
    • ‘Is it possible that I can actually hear foxes yowling?’
    • ‘Along she came to see what was up, plodded over to the kitchen door all bleary eyed, and yowled to be let out.’
    • ‘Then a cat started yowling under my window, and soon another one joined in.’
    • ‘Thraest yowled, hands flying up to his face as he reeled back.’
    • ‘Dolly insisted on going out for a little while, and yowled at the door until I opened it.’
    • ‘Switchblade yowled in protest and dug his claws into the seat.’
    • ‘He may yowl at the door to go outside, but be firm.’
    • ‘Whitney yowled and pounced gleefully into the mess, her tail twitching excitedly.’
    • ‘It yowled before it hit the water, producing another outburst from Casper.’
    • ‘He or she may bark or yowl in a vain attempt to get you to just as miraculously reappear.’
    • ‘The panther and cat yowled their fury but the ends of the vines sunk roots for themselves and were immovable.’
    • ‘Officers were strutting around before their troops, waving swords and yowling, psyching them up.’
    • ‘Marie yowled outraged at getting wet and went under Phoenix's cloak.’
    • ‘There was more arguing, yowling, then the sheets were pulled off and I gasped at the shock of the cold air against my skin.’
    • ‘Mike started chewing on my fingers, Andy planted himself on my chest, and Dorey yowled in my ear.’
    • ‘He stood panting hard, then yowled and drew his sword, wielding it like a bat as he swung.’
    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.