When you hear a growling noise, it's usually a sign that a dog is angry. Dogs will often growl when they're angry or when they're trying to protect themselves.

  • The dog was growling and barking at the intruder.

  • The dog was growling and attacking the other dog.

Definition of growling


the sound of growling (as made by animals)




a gruff or angry utterance (suggestive of the growling of an animal)

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Example Sentences for growling

  • 1

    But, the elephant heard the tiger growl.

  • 2

    He growled and hissed at the agents.

  • 3

    The man heard the tiger growl.

  • 4

    I growl and prowl through the night.

  • 5

    At the breeding colonies, the birds make a deep growl.

  • 6

    But what did he contribute to the development of the growl

  • 7

    It is the last release with Renske doing death growls for the band.

  • 8

    The distinctive growl of Koalas can often be heard in the town.

  • 9

    I take the growl out of the basses and the ping out of the tenors.

  • 10

    In the 1931 film, the creature is completely mute except for grunts and growls.