from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by the sound of howling: a howling wind.
  • adj. Desolate; dreary: a howling wilderness.
  • adj. Slang Very great; tremendous: a howling success.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of producing howls.
  • v. Present participle of howl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Filled with howling beasts or dismal sounds.
  • Very “loud”; intense: as, a howling swell.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a long loud emotional utterance
  • adj. extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers


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