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prowl (v.)

late 14c., prollen, "rove or wander in a stealthy manner, move about in search of something," a word of unknown origin, with no known cognates. Spelling with -w- is from 1500s (compare bowls), but the word was pronounced "prôll" till late 18c. Transitive meaning "go stealthily over, as one in search of prey or plunder" is recorded by 1580s. Related: Prowled; prowling. The noun, in on the prowl, is attested from 1803.

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Definitions of prowl from WordNet
1
prowl (v.)
move about in or as if in a predatory manner;
The suspicious stranger prowls the streets of the town
prowl (v.)
loiter about, with no apparent aim;
Synonyms: lurch
2
prowl (n.)
the act of prowling (walking about in a stealthy manner);
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