AskDefine | Define prowl

Dictionary Definition

prowl n : the act of prowling (walking about in a stealthy manner)


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: lurch]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. To be on the lookout for some prey.
    Watch the lioness prowling in the shrubbery for zebras.
  2. To be watching over something.
    It's tough to sneak vandalism into Wikipedia as there are plenty of other users prowling the recent changes page.
  3. To fanny about, seemingly aimlessly.
    That dandy has nothing better to do than prowl around town all day in his pinstripe suit.


To be on the lookout for some prey
To be watching over something
To fanny about, seemingly aimlessly

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Extensive Definition

Prowl may mean the following:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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