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Prowl definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PROWL, v.t. [I know not the origin of this word, nor from what source it is derived. It may be derived from the root of stroll, troll, with a different prefix.] To rove over.
He prowls each place, still in new colors deck'd.
PROWL, v.i. To rove or wander, particularly for prey, as a wild
beast; as a prowling wolf.
1. To rove and plunder; to prey; to plunder.
PROWL, n. A roving for prey; colloquially, something to be seized and devoured.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the act of prowling (walking about in a stealthy manner) v
1: move about in or as if in a predatory manner; "The suspicious stranger prowls the streets of the town"
2: loiter about, with no apparent aim [syn: prowl, lurch]

Merriam Webster's

I. verb Etymology: Middle English prollen Date: 14th century intransitive verb to move about or wander stealthily in or as if in search of prey transitive verb to roam over in a predatory manner prowler noun II. noun Date: 1803 an act or instance of prowling

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v. 1 tr. roam (a place) in search or as if in search of prey, plunder, etc. 2 intr. (often foll. by about, around) move about like a hunter. --n. the act or an instance of prowling. Phrases and idioms: on the prowl moving about secretively or rapaciously, esp. in search of sexual contact etc. prowl car US a police squad car. Derivatives: prowler n. Etymology: ME prolle, of unkn. orig.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Prowl Prowl, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prowled; p. pr. & vb. n. Prowling.] [OE. prollen to search about; of uncertain origin, perh. for proglen, a dim. of prog to beg, or proke to poke. Cf. Proke.] 1. To rove over, through, or about in a stealthy manner; esp., to search in, as for prey or booty. He prowls each place, still in new colors decked. -- Sir P. Sidney. 2. To collect by plunder; as, to prowl money. [Obs.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Prowl Prowl, v. i. To rove or wander stealthily, esp. for prey, as a wild beast; hence, to prey; to plunder.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Prowl Prowl, n. The act of prowling. [Colloq.] --Smart.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(prowls, prowling, prowled) 1. If an animal or a person prowls around, they move around quietly, for example when they are hunting. Policemen prowled around the building. VERB: V prep/adv 2. If an animal is on the prowl, it is hunting. If a person is on the prowl, they are hunting for something such as a sexual partner or a business deal. Their fellow travellers are a mix of honeymooners, single girls on the prowl and elderly couples... The new administration are on the prowl for ways to reduce spending. PHRASE: v-link PHR, oft PHR for n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. n. 1. Rove, roam, wander. 2. Prey, plunder.

Moby Thesaurus

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