howling

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈhaʊlɪŋ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈhaʊlɪŋ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(houling)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
howl•ing /ˈhaʊlɪŋ/USA pronunciation  adj. [before a noun]
  • complete;
    great;
    total:The party was a howling success.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    howl•ing  (houling),USA pronunciation adj. 
    1. producing or uttering a howling noise:a howling mob.
    2. desolate, dismal, or dreary:a howling wilderness.
    3. Informal Termsvery great;
      tremendous:a howling success.
    howling•ly, adv. 
    • 1250–1300; Middle English houlinge (gerund, gerundive); see howl, -ing2

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    howling /ˈhaʊlɪŋ/ adj
    1. (prenominal) informal (intensifier): a howling success, a howling error
    WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
    howl /haʊl/USA pronunciation   v. 
      [no object]
    1. Animal Behavior(of a dog, wolf, or the like) to make a loud, long, mournful cry:The coyote was howling at the moon.
    2. Animal Behaviorto make a similar cry, as in pain or rage;
      wail:She howled as the dentist began to pull the tooth.
    3. to make a sound like an animal howling:The wind howls through the trees.
    4. to laugh uproariously.

    n. [countable]
    1. Animal Behaviorthe cry of a dog, wolf, or the like.
    2. Animal Behaviora cry, as of pain or rage.
    3. a sound like wailing:the howl of the wind.
    4. a loud outburst;
      yell:howls of laughter.
    5. something that causes hilarity.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    howl  (houl),USA pronunciation v.i. 
    1. Animal Behaviorto utter a loud, prolonged, mournful cry, as that of a dog or wolf.
    2. Animal Behaviorto utter a similar cry in distress, pain, rage, etc.;
      wail.
    3. to make a sound like an animal howling:The wind howls through the trees.
    4. Informal Termsto go on a spree;
      enjoy oneself without restraint.

    v.t. 
    1. to utter with howls:to howl the bad news.
    2. to drive or force by howls (often fol. by down):to howl down the opposition.

    n. 
    1. Animal Behaviorthe cry of a dog, wolf, etc.
    2. Animal Behaviora cry or wail, as of pain, rage, or protest.
    3. a sound like wailing:the howl of the wind.
    4. a loud, scornful laugh or yell.
    5. something that causes a laugh or a scornful yell, as a joke or funny or embarrassing situation.
    • 1300–50; Middle English hulen, houlen (verb, verbal); cognate with Dutch huilen, Low German hülen, German heulen, Danish hyle; akin to Old Norse ȳla

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    howl /haʊl/ n
    1. a long plaintive cry or wail characteristic of a wolf or hound
    2. a similar cry of pain or sorrow
    3. slang a prolonged outburst of laughter
    4. an unwanted prolonged high-pitched sound produced by a sound-producing system as a result of feedback
    vb
    1. to express in a howl or utter such cries
    2. (intransitive) (of the wind, etc) to make a wailing noise
    3. (intransitive) informal to shout or laugh
    Etymology: 14th Century: houlen; related to Middle High German hiuweln, Middle Dutch hūlen, Danish hyle
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