- 1(Of an animal, especially a dog) make a low guttural sound of hostility in the throat: the dogs yapped and growled about his heelsMore example sentences
- It's kind of a dogs-and-kids rule of thumb that if the dog growls at a kid, they shouldn't be left alone together.
- The dog growls at the bottom of the tree, trying to claw his way up.
- Indeed they looked like trapped tigers growling deep in their throats.
- 1.1 [with direct speech] (Of a person) say something in a low grating voice, typically in a threatening manner: “Keep out of this,” he growledMore example sentences
- I was sitting on the bench and I suppose I was growling a little bit.
- He just growled a bit in response and went back to his room, closing the door softly so as not to disturb Jessie's friends.
- He practically growled it and the next thing I knew I was pushed up against the wall and he kissed me.
- 1.2(Of a thing) make a low or harsh rumbling sound, typically one that is felt to be threatening: thunder growls without warning from a summer skyMore example sentences
- A rumbling, train-like noise growls throughout this scene and follows the first woman into the café.
- He kissed her lips as the thunder growled again, the sky filling up with a flash of lightning.
- Thunder growled at the boat and lightning snapped at its heels constantly.
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- 1A low guttural sound made in the throat, especially by a dog.More example sentences
- It barred its teeth and a deep growl came from its throat.
- She swished her tail and let a small growl out of her throat.
- It wasn't under anyone's direct control, evident by the way it bore its sharp teeth at them, a growl rising in its throat.
- 1.1A low guttural sound made by a person, especially to express hostility or anger.More example sentences
- The black figure stumbled backwards with a growl of anger, but he held his chest in a gesture that spoke of tremendous pain.
- I felt a growl of anger rising, and forced it down with an effort of will.
- I made a sound in my throat that resembled a growl as I tried to grasp what the teacher was saying about Pre-Algebra.
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- He was appointed justice commissioner by the incoming president of the commission and another representative of the growlingly macho, if sexually somewhat ambivalent, south of Europe.
- It delivers fully on the band's potential, a cocky, growlingly back-handed blow at the record business that had just given him and his buddies a nice contract the year before.
mid 17th century: probably imitative.