from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To utter a long loud mournful cry; wail.
- transitive v. To say or utter with a yowl.
- n. A long loud mournful cry; a wail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A prolonged, loud cry, like the sound of an animal; a wail; a howl.
- v. Utter a yowl.
- v. Express by yowling; utter with a yowl.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To utter a loud, long, and mournful cry, as a dog; to howl; to yell.
- n. A loud, protracted, and mournful cry, as that of a dog; a howl.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give a long distressful or mournful cry, as a dog; howl; hence, of persons, to yell; bawl.
- n. A long distressful or mournful cry, as that of a dog.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cry loudly, as of animals
- n. a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal)
- v. utter shrieks, as of cats
Middle English yowlen, probably of imitative origin .(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English yollen, past participle of yellen ("to yell"). More at yell, yollen. (Wiktionary)