prowl meaning, prowl definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( prowls    3rd person present)   ( prowling    present participle)   ( prowled    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If an animal or a person prowlsaround, they move around quietly, for example when they are hunting.  
Policemen prowled around the building.      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.  
on the prowl      phrase   v-link PHR, oft PHR for n  
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.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


cruise, hunt, lurk, move stealthily, nose around, patrol, range, roam, rove, scavenge, skulk, slink, sneak, stalk, steal  

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on the prowl, prow, prowler, pro

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