1 [no object] of a dog, wolf, etc. : to make a long, loud cry that sounds sad
The dogs were howling at the moon.
2 [no object] of the wind : to make a long, loud sound
The wind was howling.
3 [no object] : to cry out loudly in pain, anger, amusement, etc.
He howled in agony.
The audience howled with laughter. [=the audience laughed very loudly]
4 : to say something in a loud and angry way
“I can’t take it!” she howled. = She howled that she couldn’t take it.
Activists are howling (in protest) over the court’s decision.
protesters howling for change
— howl noun, plural howls [count]
We heard the dog’s howls.
He let out a howl of protest.
howls of laughter