Definition of prowl in English:

prowl

Syllabification: prowl
Pronunciation: /proul
 
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verb

(Of a person or animal) move around restlessly and stealthily, especially in search of or as if in search of prey: [with object]: black bears prowl the canyons [no object]: committee members prowling around the offices at night with flashlights
More example sentences
  • A nice patch of wild prairie, through which a Mega-Cat could prowl in search of prey had been replaced by a flat, featureless mud-plain.
  • It brings out deeply hidden atavistic instincts buried deep within you and you begin to prowl in search of prey.
  • A reduction caused by global warming in the massive sheets of Arctic sea ice that polar bears prowl for their prey could have devastating consequences for the world's largest land predator, a leading conservation group has warned.
Synonyms
move stealthily, slink, skulk, steal, nose, pussyfoot, sneak, stalk, creep
informal snoop

noun

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An act of prowling: I met her once on one of my off-duty bookstore prowls
More example sentences
  • He sleeps curled up in dark corners and his movements consist largely of prowls and leaps.
  • She very nearly made Edie feel inadequate by the sheer felinity of her movements, by the sensuous grace of her silent prowl, the lively flicks of her tail.
  • While Rawlin and David, looking like mongrels back from a prowl, laugh and stare at us like we were some sort of surreal aliens.

Origin

late Middle English: of unknown origin.

Phrases

on the prowl

(Of a person or animal) moving around in search or as if in search of prey.
More example sentences
  • Worried that there was a thief on the prowl, hotel owner Hazel Hart immediately ordered a search of the building.
  • Affluent professionals living in the city centre are being targeted by thieves on the prowl for rich pickings at plush apartments.
  • Could a panther be on the prowl in West End's Itchen Valley Country Park where dog walkers and joggers normally freely roam?

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