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
  1. noun
    a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal)
    synonyms: bellow, bellowing, holla, holler, hollering, hollo, holloa, roar, roaring
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    type of:
    call, cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell
    a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
  2. verb
    cry loudly, as of animals
    synonyms: howl, wrawl, yammer
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    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  3. verb
    utter shrieks, as of cats
    synonyms: caterwaul
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    type of:
    pipe, pipe up, shriek, shrill
    utter a shrill cry
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