- (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 flashlightsMore 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- A nice patch of wild prairie, through which a Mega-Cat could prowl in search of prey had been replaced by a flat, featureless mud-plain.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.
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- An act of prowling: I met her once on one of my off-duty bookstore prowlsMore 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.
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?
late Middle English: of unknown origin.