A yowl is a loud cry or howl, especially one that an animal makes. If you accidentally step on your cat's tail, you'll probably hear her yowl. Poor kitty.

Use this imitative word as a noun or a verb, any time you're describing a wild cry of distress. Your new puppy may yowl all night long the first couple of times you make him sleep in a crate at the foot of your bed — and if his yowling goes on too long, you may find yourself starting to yowl along with him.

Definitions of yowl

n a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal)

bellow, bellowing, holla, holler, hollering, hollo, holloa, roar, roaring
Type of:
call, cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell
a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition

v cry loudly, as of animals

howl, wrawl, yammer
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

v utter shrieks, as of cats

Type of:
pipe, pipe up, shriek, shrill
utter a shrill cry

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