Definition of prowl in English:

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Pronunciation: /praʊl/


[no object]
(Of a person or animal) move about restlessly and stealthily, especially in search of prey: lions prowling in the bush [with object]: youngsters were prowling the streets in droves
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  • A nice patch of wild prairie, through which a Mega-Cat could prowl in search of prey had been replaced by a flat, featureless mud-plain.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.
move stealthily, slink, skulk, steal, nose, pussyfoot, sneak, sidle, stalk, creep;
roam, range, rove, cruise, hunt, scavenge
informal snoop


An act of prowling: I met her once on one of my off-duty bookshop prowls
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  • 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

Prowling around in search of prey: there is a serial killer on the prowl
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  • 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.

Words that rhyme with prowl

afoul, befoul, cowl, foul, fowl, growl, howl, jowl, owl, Rabaul, scowl, yowl

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