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growl (v.)

1660s, from Middle English grollen "to rumble, growl" (early 15c.), from Old French grouler "to rumble," said to be from Frankish; probably ultimately of imitative origin. Related: Growled; growling. The noun is 1727, from the verb.

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Definitions of growl
1
growl (v.)
to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds;
Synonyms: grumble / rumble
2
growl (n.)
the sound of growling (as made by animals);
Synonyms: growling
From wordnet.princeton.edu