early 13c., houlen, probably ultimately of imitative origin; similar formations are found in other Germanic languages. Also compare owl. Related: Howled; howling. As a noun from 1590s.
howl with sorrow
The coyotes were howling in the desert
The wind was howling in the trees
their howling had no effect
howls of laughter
he gave a howl of pain
the howl of the wind made him restless