from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The low, guttural, menacing sound made by an animal: the growl of a dog.
- n. A gruff surly utterance: The desk officer answered my greeting with a growl.
- intransitive v. To emit a low guttural sound or utterance.
- intransitive v. To speak in an angry or surly manner.
- transitive v. To utter by growling: growled the orders.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The deep, threatening sound made in the throat by an animal; a grumbling sound.
- n. The sound made by a hungry stomach.
- v. To utter a deep guttural sound, as an angry animal; to give forth an angry, grumbling sound.
- v. To express (something) by growling.
- v. To send a user a message via the Growl software library.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To utter a deep guttural sound, as an angry dog; to give forth an angry, grumbling sound.
- transitive v. To express by growling.
- n. The deep, threatening sound made by a surly dog; a grumbling sound.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To utter a deep guttural sound of anger or hostility, as a dog or a bear; hence, to emit a sharp rumbling sound, as the forces of nature.
- Hence To speak in an offended or discontented tone; find fault; grumble: as, he growled at being disturbed.
- To make reluctant; cause to grudge: used reflexively.
- To express by growling or grumbling.
- n. A deep snarling and threatening sound from the throat, expressive of the hostility of an animal; hence, the grumbling or faultfinding of an offended or discontented person.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds
- n. the sound of growling (as made by animals)
Middle English groule, grollen, to rumble, growl, probably from Old French grouler, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English growlen, related to Middle Dutch grollen ("to make a noise, rumble, murmur, grunt, croak, be angry"; > Dutch grollen ("to grumble")), German grollen ("to rumble, be angry, bear ill will"), Old English grillan, griellan ("to provoke, offend; gnash the teeth"). More at grill. (Wiktionary)