Word of The Day [30-12-2013]: Howl

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howl  (houl)

v. howledhowl·inghowls
v.intr.

1. To utter or emit a long, mournful, plaintive sound.
2. To cry or wail loudly, as in pain, sorrow, or anger.
3. Slang To laugh heartily.
4. Slang To go on a spree.
v.tr.

To express or utter with a howl. See Synonyms at shout.
n.

1. A long wailing cry.
2. A loud derisive call: the howls of an angry mob.
3. Slang Something uproariously funny or absurd.

Phrasal Verb:

howl down

To drown out or silence by loud derisive calls: The candidate was howled down at the town meeting.

[Middle English houlen.]

 

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