Etymology
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yowl (v.)

c. 1200, yuhelen, probably of imitative origin (compare jubilant). Related: Yowled; yowling. The noun is recorded from mid-15c.

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Definitions of yowl
1
yowl (v.)
cry loudly, as of animals;
Synonyms: howl / wrawl / yammer
yowl (v.)
utter shrieks, as of cats;
Synonyms: caterwaul
2
yowl (n.)
a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal);
Synonyms: bellow / bellowing / holla / holler / hollering / hollo / holloa / roar / roaring
From wordnet.princeton.edu