- (verb) To howl, either threateningly or in weeping.
Again the "gowl" broke out -- its loud echoes rolling through the woods -- this time so near, that every moment I expected to see the animal that had uttered it.
"Gie a cheer, boys!" he cried; and as the muzzle of Mons Meg swept down the file, a strange wavering cry arose, that was half a gowl of anger and half a broken-backed cheer.
Ere he had reached the corner, a gowl of anger and grief struck his ear, and he wheeled eagerly.
'Gowl' may be related to the obsolete 'goule,' mouth, which comes from the Latin, 'gula,' throat.