from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The act of uttering angry or threatening sounds; snarling; grumbling: as, the growling of thunder.
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- adjective Producing a
- noun A
sustainedinstance of growlsor gutturalnoises.
- verb Present participle of
- verb musical device where a 'growling' sound is produced on a
brass instrumentby literally growling with the vocal cords while playing the note.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun the sound of growling (as made by animals)
- noun a gruff or angry utterance (suggestive of the growling of an animal)
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The four young pigs who had protested when Napoleon abolished the Meetings raised their voices timidly, but they were promptly silenced by a tremendous growling from the dogs.
Animal Farm 1945
This set Mr. Freeman growling at the use of a Greek word, and he exclaimed, “Why can't you speak English and say Home Rule, instead of using Greek, which you don't know!”
Philip Gilbert Hamerton Hamerton, Philip G 1896
Mr. Freeman growling at the use of a Greek word, and he exclaimed, "Why can't you speak English and say Home Rule, instead of using Greek, which you don't know!"
Philip Gilbert Hamerton An Autobiography, 1834-1858, and a Memoir by His Wife, 1858-1894 Eug��nie Hamerton 1864
It was a real Chicago-sounding track, especially when Peter overdubbed a growling harmonica part, a la Little Walter.
Best answer: "The 'growling' is your intestines scraping each other. ..."
Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis 2012
link The growling was a bit closer, but that's all we got.
gillpolack: A thunderstorm is coming, so I shall be gillpolack 2009
If you want to describe "growling" to a deaf person pick the baseball wreck.
Wrecking By the Book 2010
My friend Jeff Z. Klein at the New York Times put together a classic post, showing clips of fan reactions to the win all over the country - and the chants of "U.S.A." to my ear, at least here in Germany, sounded happy and joyous, of course, but also with a kind of growling heavy-handedness.
Steve Kettmann: Donovan's Amazing Feat: Making U.S. One With the Rest of the World 2010
When I say "growling," by the way, I mean literally growling, his years as a bona fide seadog -- Norwegian trawler?
The Disneyland Haunted Mansion has added a kind of growling chuckling to the ride's end, after the "Hurry baaa-ck, hurry baaa-ck" sequence.
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