Definition of yowl in English:


Syllabification: yowl
Pronunciation: /youl


A loud wailing cry, especially one of pain or distress.
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  • Muffled cries and yells could now be heard, along with a yowl of pain.
  • Olympia yet out a yowl of pain, and the tried to bite at his face.
  • I dropped my heavy backpack on his foot, effectively earning a yowl of pain.


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Make a loud wailing cry: he yowled as he touched one of the hot plates
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  • Scratching and yowling ensued, but I had these visions of grout and paws and stood firm.
  • How is one to sleep with the likes of you yowling your inconsiderable brains out!
  • Marie yowled outraged at getting wet and went under Phoenix's cloak.


Middle English: imitative.

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