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1. The low, guttural, menacing sound made by an animal: the growl of a dog.
2. A gruff surly utterance: The desk officer answered my greeting with a growl.
v. growled, growl·ing, growls
1. To emit a low guttural sound or utterance.
2. To speak in an angry or surly manner.
To utter by growling: growled the orders.

[Middle English groule, grollen, to rumble, growl, probably from Old French grouler, of Germanic origin.]

growl′y adj.


adj, -lier or -liest
resembling a growl
References in classic literature ?
With tiny whines and thin whimperings, with whiffs and whuffs and growly sorts of noises down in his throat, he would try to tell her somewhat of his tale.
His head is egg-shaped, the voice growly, the face pouchy, the grey hair fashionably long in the style of some bohemian academic from the 1970s.
While its not as quick as the peppiest-in-the-segment CX-3, the combination of a growly boxer engine, a manual transmission and that notch-above torque vectoring AWD system make it more fun to drive than you might expect.
He smugly slurped the lot, made growly appreciative noises, and wiped his bowl with my surplus bread.
A moving tale of courage, loss and love, centred by a fantastic voice performance by Liam Neeson as the growly, force-of-nature Monster, A MONSTER CALLS is a fantastical adventure with an all too real beating heart.
But it's understandably hard to convince anyone that the growly, scary-looking dog is actually a big, friendly doofus.
There's the odd track which sounds as if it could have walked straight off Urban Hymns but mainly it's all about marrying Ashcroft's growly voice with punchy electronics.
TOM WAITS The growly eccentric with a voice like Sesame Street's Cookie Monster burping the alphabet has carved out a niche in scene-stealing movie cameos over the years.
4s on the way to 130mph to the accompaniment of a growly but rather appealing engine note.
He also is a guy with strong opinions, and he can be vocal when he disagrees with you, even a little bit growly - but it's usually all talk and no scratch.
for the world and wolves and growly leaves dancing behind holy rice
Grammy-winner Gregory Porter belts out the R&B holiday standard "Merry Christmas Baby," while Rene Marie goes from soft to growly on the Louis Armstrong-associated "'Zat You, Santa Claus?