Definition of howling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhouliNG/


1Producing a long, loud, doleful cry or wailing sound.
Example sentences
  • I've cut out the audio track because it was just the sound of howling wind - so it's just nice pretty pictures.
  • Even in the impregnable fortress that was Robert Inglewood's twenty-fifth floor office on Greene Avenue, the sounds of the howling wind and pounding rain were deafening.
  • The walls screamed with the cold and harsh sound of the howling winds.
1.1 archaic Filled with or characterized by howling: the howling wilderness
More example sentences
  • Filson depicted the Kentucky frontier as a howling wilderness inhabited by wild beasts and uncivilized savages.
  • Rilleta shuddered as a sudden howling hostility filled the world.
  • Outside, vast and cold, littered with ruins and prowled by predators, is ‘a howling wilderness’.
2 informal Extreme; great: the meal was a howling success
More example sentences
  • Naturally the job goes howlingly wrong, but Frenchy's cookies, initially set up as a front, become a howling success.
  • And it's like driving without having to do the driving: You'd think that America's train system would be a howling success.
  • The reality genre took a giant step toward the mainstream with the howling success of this show's first season in summer 2000.

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Syllabification: howl·ing

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