prowl

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v prowl move about in or as if in a predatory manner "The suspicious stranger prowls the streets of the town"
    • v prowl loiter about, with no apparent aim
    • n prowl the act of prowling (walking about in a stealthy manner)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The original purpose of a coffin was not to protect the body from prowling animals or grave robbers. It was invented to keep the dearly departed from coming back to haunt survivors.
    • n Prowl The act of prowling.
    • Prowl To collect by plunder; as, to prowl money.
    • v. i Prowl To rove or wander stealthily, esp. for prey, as a wild beast; hence, to prey; to plunder.
    • Prowl 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prowl To rove or wander over in a stealthy manner: as, to prowl the woods or the streets.
    • prowl To collect by plunder.
    • prowl To rove or wander stealthily, as one in search of prey or plunder; search carefully, and in a quiet or secretive manner.
    • prowl To plunder; prey; foray.
    • n prowl The act of prowling; a roving as for prey: as, to be on the prowl.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Prowl prowl to keep poking about: to rove about in search of prey or plunder
    • n Prowl (coll.) the act of prowling: a roving for prey
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Quotations

  • Michel Foucault
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    “The lyricism of marginality may find inspiration in the image of the outlaw, the great social nomad, who prowls on the confines of a docile, frightened order.”
  • Tama Janowitz
    Tama Janowitz
    “Long after the bomb falls and you and your good deeds are gone, cockroaches will still be here, prowling the streets like armored cars.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. prollen, to search about; of uncertain origin, perh. for proglen, a dim. of prog, to beg, or proke, to poke. Cf. Proke

Usage

In literature:

Through all the rooms on this floor he prowled, but found nothing.
"The Voice in the Fog" by Harold MacGrath
But he was then, as now, very, very vain; and Satan, prowling about outside the wall of Paradise, saw this.
"The Curious Book of Birds" by Abbie Farwell Brown
If you see a greaser prowling around, put him on the run.
"Skyrider" by B. M. Bower
While it burned brightly the lion would not prowl in her immediate vicinity.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
May it not sleep there all day, and prowl for prey all night?
"Health and Education" by Charles Kingsley
In the dark and on all fours he resembled some carnivorous animal prowling amongst corpses.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
Irons was prowling serenely.
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Caonaba had heard that bell when he was prowling about the settlement, and the temptation to become its owner was great.
"Days of the Discoverers" by L. Lamprey
The dog came prowling out.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
He had prowled around her, dumb, famishing, and with blazing eyes.
"A Mummer's Tale" by Anatole France
At night I prowl about the streets or lie in bed waiting for the Westminster clock to sound each new quarter of an hour.
"The Four Feathers" by A. E. W. Mason
Prowling through the silent metal lounges and passages, I went to the door of A22.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
Two men were seen this evening, armed with rifles, prowling among the bushes near the place where the affair of last night occurred.
"The Citizen-Soldier" by John Beatty
The chappies who prowled and prowled around.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
The stars know how to prowl round one another without much damage done.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
The animals prowled the two beaches, and Shann guessed they hunted shell dwellers, for at times they dug energetically in the gravel.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
These fish were hung up on high stagings beyond the reach of wolves and stray, prowling dogs.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
When Nimble's second summer rolled around he was big enough and old enough to prowl through the woods and fields much as he pleased.
"The Tale of Nimble Deer" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Natives prowling an' yellow men, don't know about.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
Carl prowled down the street, a fine, new, long stick at his side, like a saber.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
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In poetry:

For fear of prowling beasts at night
They blocked the cave;
Women and children hid from sight,
Men scarce more brave.
"For Fear" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
"A prowling bear burst from the wood,
And seiz'd my younger son;
Affection lent my weakness wings
And after them I run.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
Away the prowling ghouls are fled,
Some fitter prey to seek;
The trembling woman sighs the thanks
Her white lips cannot speak.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Reflect, that thy blood-thirsty foe,
Roams, like a lion, to and fro,
And prowls around thee ev'ry hour,
Thy soul and body to devour.
"Advice, Concerning The Government Of Our Thoughts" by Rees Prichard
"Ye prowling Wolves! pursue my latest cries;
Thou hungry Tiger! leave thy reeking den;
Ye sandy Wastes! in rapid eddies rise;
Tear me from the whips and scorns of men!
"Elegy XX. He Compares His Humble Fortune With the Distress of Others" by William Shenstone
Daily the prowling sunlight whets its knife
Along the sidewalk. We almost never meet.
In the Rembrandt dark he lifts his amber life.
My bar is somewhat further down the street.
"Third Avenue In Sunlight" by Anthony Hecht

In news:

On the Prowl , The Prowler, June 5, 2010.
A Bear on the prowl .
Cat's On The Prowl Saturday.
Auburn's Tiger Prowl hits the road again today after busy time in Mobile.
On October 22nd, Duluth Police were called to the Hartley Nature Center on reports of a vehicle prowl where a purse was stolen.
Security / Cyberspies on the Prowl .
Local cats on the prowl .
Shaq Is Back On The Prowl .
Kate Marsh, a concerned Reno resident, wrote in asking what happened to the hot prowl burglar, anthony halnan, and is he going to prison.
Tiger back on the prowl .
Why prowl for owls in February.
Community supports ARF during Prowl in the Park.
The Oconee River Greenway played host to the Animal Rescue Foundation's (ARF) Prowl in the Park Saturday morning.
Cougar on the Prowl .
Yakima Police Release Car Prowl Suspect's Photo.
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In science:

It was far aField from most of the rest of his work, about which you can learn by prowling through Physics Abstracts from the late 1940s to late 1950s and reading the papers (a web site, generously excavated for us by Jonathan Pritchard, has rather little).
Astrophysics in 2006
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