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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb howl:


The word howl is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun howl

What does howl mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: howls

  1. a long loud emotional utterance
    • examples: he gave a howl of pain | howls of laughter | their howling had no effect
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of howl: howling / ululation
    • more generic words: utterance / vocalization = the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
  2. the long plaintive cry of a hound or a wolf
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic word: cry = the characteristic utterance of an animal
  3. a loud sustained noise resembling the cry of a hound
    • example: the howl of the wind made him restless
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic word: noise = sound of any kind
    • more specific word: squeal = a high-pitched howl

Alternative definition of the noun howl


  1. The protracted, mournful cry of a dog or a wolf, or other like sound.
  2. A prolonged cry of distress or anguish; a wail.

Definition of the verb howl

What does howl mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: howled | howling | howls

  1. emit long loud cries
  2. cry loudly, as of animals
  3. make a loud noise, as of wind, water, or vehicles
  4. laugh unrestrainedly and heartily

Alternative definition of the verb howl


  1. To utter a loud, protracted, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do.
  2. To utter a sound expressive of pain or distress; to cry aloud and mournfully; to lament; to wail.
  3. To make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast.
  4. To utter with outcry.


Who is Howl?

HowL is a musician.

  • profession: Musician
  • nomination: - nominated to Mnet Asian Music Award for Best OST - "Perhaps Love", with J


  1. Howl is a rock band from Oslo, Norway. The band's name is taken from the Allen Ginsberg poem with the same name.
  2. Howl is an American Doom metal band from Providence, Rhode Island, formed in 2006. They released their debut full-length album, Full of Hell, in May 2010.
  3. Howl is Russian Depressive Black Metal band.
    • album: "Desolation and Perversion"

There are other groups with in their name, like Howl Griff, Lupine Howl, Whiskey Howl and Brimstone Howl.


Howl is a record label.


Howl a.k.a. Wizard Howl: Howl is a fictional character from the 2004 film Howl’s Moving Castle.


  1. "Howl" is a 2005 album by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It is their third studio album and was released on August 22, 2005. The record was released in the UK and Europe by Echo and by RCA in the U.S., Australia, Japan and the rest of the world.
  2. "Howl" is the debut single by American alt-rock band Beware of Darkness. The song first appeared on the band's 2012 EP Howl and was featured on their debut LP Orthodox where it was an instant download with the pre-order of the album. The music video premiered on September 14, 2012 on Fuse.
  3. "Howl" is the debut EP by American alt-rock band Beware of Darkness, released April 17, 2012 under exclusive license to Bright Antenna Records. The album was made available as a Digital Download, and CD available only at shows.
  4. "Howl" is a musical album of Carter Burwell, soundtrack.
    • also known as Howl Soundtrack
    • released on (4 years ago)
  5. "Howl": Howl is an EP and first release by American doom metal band Howl. It was originally released independently in 2008, and was reissued on July 21, 2009, following the band's signing with Relapse Records.
  6. "Howl" is the first full-length album by Empires, released online on May 27, 2008. It was entirely recorded and mixed by the band in guitarist Max Steger's studio. Within the first week of its release, over 15,000 copies were downloaded from all over the world.
  7. "Howl" is a musical album of THE VANILA.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  8. "Howl" is a musical album of JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound.
    • released on
  9. "Howl" is a musical album of Mighty Oaks.
    • released on
  10. "Howl" is a musical album of Evil Ebenezer.
    • released on
  11. "Howl" is a musical EP of Hunting Grounds.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  12. "Howl" is a musical album of This Routine Is Hell.
    • released on
  13. "Howl" is a musical album of Feathership.
    • released on
  14. "Howl" is a musical album of The Howlin' Brothers.
    • released in
  15. "Howl" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  16. "Howl" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  17. "Howl" is a musical album of The Makers.
    • released in (22 years ago)


"Howl" is a poem written by Allen Ginsberg in 1955, published as part of his 1956 collection of poetry titled Howl and Other Poems.

  • language: English Language


  1. "Howl" is a 2010 American experimental film which explores both the Six Gallery debut and the 1957 obscenity trial of 20th-century American poet Allen Ginsberg's noted poem Howl. The film is written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and stars James Franco as Ginsberg.
  2. "Howl" is a 2011 short animated drama film directed by Natalie Bettelheim and Sharon Michaeli .
  3. "Howl" is a film, directed by David Flores.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Howl

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Google previewPerplexity and Ultimacy (1995)

Metaphysical Thoughts from the Middle by William Desmond

Lear's Howl is a transconceptual voice in the "conversation of mankind" that ...

Google previewTragedy And Philosophy (1993)

by N Georgopoulis

Lear's Howl is a transconceptual voice in the 'conversation of mankind' that ...

Google previewLemur Social Systems and Their Ecological Basis (2013)

by J. Ganzhorn, P.M. Kappeler

The male howl is the sort of call which we automatically assume functions in spacing. It is a falling, frequency-modulated call, individually recognizable to other lemurs. It is structurally much like indri and gibbon wails, wolf howls, and ...

Google previewWilliam Desmond Reader, The (2012)

by William Desmond, Christopher Ben Simpson, John D. Caputo

Lear's Howl is a transconceptual voice in the “conversation of man- kind” that not only ruptures all logical systems but also threatens the very basis of that civilized conversation. It threatens, not because it will not hear the other, but rather from ...

Google previewOn the Poetry of Allen Ginsberg (1984)

by Allen Ginsberg, Lewis Hyde

Howl is the skin of Rimbaud's Une Saison en Enfer thrown over the conventional maunderings of one American adolescent,

Google previewHow They Shine (2001)

Melungeon Characters in the Fiction of Appalachia by Katherine Vande Brake

planting must be done according to the signs; when the cat washes herself, company is coming, bad storms bode evil; a dry cow signals bad luck; seeing a snake skin is a malevolent sign, a coyote's howl means something bad will happen.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Beat Movement (2012)

by Paul Varner

HOWL.” Allen Ginsberg's “Howl” no doubt is the single best-known work of literature, poetry or fiction, from the Beat Movement. More has been written about the poem, its composition, its first performance at the Six Gallery Poetry Reading on 7 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Literature (2013)

by EPUB 2-3

"Howl". 1956 Work Author: Allen Ginsberg Written by Allen Ginsberg, "Howl" is one of the key works of the Beat movement of the 1950s. The poem is dedicated to Carl Solomon, whom Ginsberg befriended when both of them were patients ina ...

Google previewThe Century dictionary and cyclopedia (1906)

a work of universal reference in all departments of knowledge with a new atlas of the world by William Dwight Whitney, Benjamin Eli Smith

howlen, houlen, whowlen, rarely hulen = D. huilen = MLG. hulen, LG. hulen, hulen = MHG. hiuweln, hiulen, G. heulen, howl, cry out (the OHG. hiwilon, hiuwilon, exult, shout for joy, is a different word, an aspirated freq. of equiv. juwen , ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century (2014)

The Twentieth Century by Eric L. Haralson

—“Howl” caused a sensation when Ginsberg performed itat San Francisco's SixGallery inthefall of 1955, as muchforits ...

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Quotes about Howl

Dogs bark and howl,
But they don't just do that,
Dogs chase sticks,
They catch twigs,
And they lick lots and lots,
Dogs bark and howl,
But they don't just do that! ! (Hannah Smith)
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Scrabble value of H4O1W4L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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