How Do You Spell HOWL?

Pronunciation: [hˈa͡ʊl] (IPA)

The word "howl" is spelled with four letters, starting with the consonant "h" and followed by the diphthong "ow," which is pronounced like "au" in "out." The final letter "l" is pronounced with the tip of the tongue touching the roof of the mouth. In IPA phonetic transcription, "howl" is written as /haʊl/ to indicate the two different vowel sounds and the final consonant. The word is commonly used to describe the sound made by wolves or other animals in the wild.

HOWL Meaning and Definition

  1. Howl (verb):

    To emit a loud, prolonged, and mournful sound or cry, often in a wild or intense manner, typically produced by animals or humans expressing deep sorrow, anguish, pain, or distress. The sound is characterized by a high-pitched and piercing tone that reverberates through the air, creating a haunting or eerie effect. Howling is often associated with wolves, dogs, or other canines, as they use this vocalization to communicate with each other, establish territory, or express aggression. The act of howling can also serve as a call or signal to locate missing pack members or to rally the group for hunting or defending their territory.

    In human usage, to howl can depict an intense emotional outburst or an expression of frustration, anger, or despair. It can also refer to uttering loud and unpleasant sounds or noises, often accompanied by uncontrollable laughter. Howling may be associated with extreme pain, torment, or fear, and can be heard in certain supernatural or horror contexts to create a chilling atmosphere.

    Additionally, the noun form of 'howl' refers to the sound or cry itself, a mournful or prolonged shout, or a loud, raucous laughter. It can also be used metaphorically to denote a loud and sustained complaint, protest, or outburst of disapproval related to a particular issue or situation. The term 'howl' can be employed in literary or poetic contexts to evoke strong impressions or create vivid imagery.

  2. • The cry of a dog or wolf; a mournful cry.
    • To cry as a dog or wolf; to utter cries of terror or anguish; to roar loudly, as the wind.

    Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Etymology of HOWL

The word "howl" can be traced back to the Old English word "hūlan" or "hȳlan", which meant "to howl" or "to make a loud, mournful sound". This Old English term is related to the Old Norse word "hjūla" and the Middle Low German word "hulen". Ultimately, the roots of "howl" can be linked to the Proto-Germanic word "*huljaną". This word is thought to be derived from the Proto-Indo-European root "*kā(w)-", which meant "to cry out", "to scream", or "to crow".

Idioms with the word HOWL

  • howl with sth The idiom "howl with sth" typically means to express or convey strong emotions or reactions, such as laughter, joy, excitement, anger, or pain, in a loud or noticeable manner. It implies a vocal outburst that is often uncontrollable and intense.
  • howl at someone or something The idiom "howl at someone or something" refers to expressing anger, frustration, or strong disapproval towards someone or something loudly and vehemently, often in a vocal or audible manner resembling a howling sound. It can involve shouting, yelling, or vehemently protesting with intense emotions.
  • howl someone down The idiom "howl someone down" means to loudly and persistently shout or make noise in order to drown out or silence someone's opinion, speech, or point of view. It refers to the act of using overwhelming noise or shouting to forcefully suppress someone's voice or ideas.
  • someone's night to howl The idiom "someone's night to howl" refers to a situation where someone gets the chance or opportunity to enjoy themselves or do something they have been looking forward to, often with a sense of celebration or victory. It implies a time of great joy, triumph, or freedom where a person can fully express themselves or indulge in their desires.
  • howl at the moon The idiom "howl at the moon" refers to expressing strong emotions, usually in a public or dramatic manner, despite knowing that it will not have any significant effect or influence on the situation. It conveys the idea of futile or ineffective protest, similar to a wolf howling at the moon that will not yield any response or change in the moon.
  • howl with something The idiom "howl with something" typically means to express or exhibit an intense emotion strongly, loudly, or in a highly exaggerated manner. It can be used to describe a person or animal making loud and prolonged sounds, often associated with pain, laughter, anger, or other intense emotions.
  • howl down The idiom "howl down" means to overwhelm or drown out someone or something by making loud and persistent noises, typically with the intention of expressing disapproval or protesting.
  • howl at sm or sth The idiom "howl at someone or something" refers to expressing strong and intense emotions, particularly anger or frustration, by yelling loudly or vehemently towards a specific person or object. It implies a reaction characterized by loud and passionate outbursts, often accompanied by a sense of outrage or protest.
  • howl sm down

Similar spelling words for HOWL

Plural form of HOWL is HOWLS

Conjugate verb Howl


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