a long, doleful cry uttered by an animal such as a dog or wolf. a loud cry of pain, fear, anger, or amusement:he let out a howl of anguish figurativeI got howls of protest from readers a prolonged wailing noise such as that made by a strong wind:they listened to the howl of the gale Electronics a wailing noise in a loudspeaker due to feedback.
make a howling sound:he howled in agony the wind howled around the house weep and cry out loudly:a baby started to howl [with object]
(howl someone down
) shout in disapproval in order to prevent a speaker from being heard:they howled me down and called me a chauvinist