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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.]
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|Noun||1.||growling - a gruff or angry utterance (suggestive of the growling of an animal)|
|2.||growling - the sound of growling (as made by animals)|
cry - the characteristic utterance of an animal; "animal cries filled the night"
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