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Noun, Verb (usu participle)


Noun prowl has 1 sense

Verb prowl has 2 senses


prowlv. t. [OE. prollen to search about; of uncertain origin, perh. for proglen, a dim. of prog to beg, or proke to poke. Cf. Proke.].
  •  To rove over, through, or about in a stealthy manner; esp., to search in, as for prey or booty.  [1913 Webster]
    "He prowls each place, still in new colors decked."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To collect by plunder; as, to prowl money.  [1913 Webster]
prowlv. i. 
     To rove or wander stealthily, esp. for prey, as a wild beast; hence, to prey; to plunder.  [1913 Webster]
     The act of prowling.  Smart.  [1913 Webster]


prowl, v. & n.
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.

on the prowl moving about secretively or rapaciously, esp. in search of sexual contact etc. prowl car US a police squad car.
prowler n.
ME prolle, of unkn. orig.



bat around, bum, clandestine behavior, clandestinity, couch, count ties, cover, covertness, crawl, creep, cruise, divagate, drift, flit, furtiveness, gad, gad about, gallivant, go about, go on tiptoe, go the rounds, grovel, gumshoe, hit the road, hit the trail, hobo, hunting, inch, inch along, jaunt, knock about, knock around, lay wait, lie in wait, lurk, meander, mooch, nightwalk, nomadize, pad, patrol, peregrinate, pererrate, prowling, pussyfoot, ramble, range, range over, roam, rove, run about, saunter, scavenge, scour, scrabble, scramble, searching, seeking, shadow, shiftiness, sidle, skulk, slink, slinkiness, slyness, snake, sneak, sneakiness, stalk, stalking, steal, steal along, stealth, stealthiness, straggle, stray, stroll, surreptitiousness, tippytoe, tiptoe, tracking, traipse, tramp, underground activity, underhand dealing, vagabond, vagabondize, walk the tracks, wander, wayfare, worm, worm along




VB travel, journey, course, take a journey, go a journey, take a walk, go out for walk, have a run, take the air, flit, take wing, migrate, emigrate, trek, rove, prowl, roam, range, patrol, pace up and down, traverse, scour the country, traverse the country, peragrate, circumambulate, perambulate, nomadize, wander, ramble, stroll, saunter, hover, go one's rounds, straggle, gad, gad about, expatiate, walk, march, step, tread, pace, plod, wend, go by shank's mare, promenade, trudge, tramp, stalk, stride, straddle, strut, foot it, hoof it, stump, bundle, bowl along, toddle, paddle, tread a path, take horse, ride, drive, trot, amble, canter, prance, fisk, frisk, caracoler, caracole, gallop, embark, board, set out, hit the road, get going, get underway, peg on, jog on, wag on, shuffle on, stir one's stumps, bend one's steps, bend one's course, make one's way, find one's way, wend one's way, pick one's way, pick one's way, thread one's way, plow one's way, slide, glide, coast, skim, skate, march in procession, file on, defile, go to, repair to, resort to, hie to, betake oneself to.


VB conceal, hide, secrete, put out of sight, lock up, seal up, bottle up, encrypt, encode, cipher, cover, screen, cloak, veil, shroud, cover up one's tracks, screen from sight, screen from observation, drawing the veil, draw the curtain, close the curtain, curtain, shade, eclipse, throw a view over, be cloud, be mask, mask, disguise, ensconce, muffle, smother, befog, whisper, keep from, keep back, keep to oneself, keep snug, keep close, keep secret, keep dark, bury, sink, suppress, keep from, keep from out of view, keep from out of sight, keep in the shade, throw into the shade, throw into background, stifle, hush up, smother, withhold, reserve, fence with a question, ignore, keep a secret, keep one's own counsel, hold one's tongue, make no sign, not let it go further, not breathe a word, not breathe a syllable about, not let the right hand know what the left is doing, hide one's light under a bushel, bury one's talent in a napkin, keep in the dark, leave in the dark, keep in the ignorance, blind, blind the eyes, blindfold, hoodwink, mystify, puzzle, bamboozle, be concealed, suffer an eclipse, retire from sight, couch, hide oneself, lie hid, lie in perdu, lie in close, lie in ambush (ambush), seclude oneself, lurk, sneak, skulk, slink, prowl, steal into, steal out of, steal by, steal along, play at bopeep, play at hide and seek, hide in holes and corners, still hunt.

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