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prowl /praʊl/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to go about or move around in a quiet, sneaky way, as in search of something to steal or capture: [no object]The neighbor's cat prowls around the garbage cans all night.[+ object]The gang was out prowling the streets.
  1. Idiomson the prowl, in the act of prowling;
    searching stealthily.

prowl•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
prowl  (proul),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to rove or go about stealthily, as in search of prey, something to steal, etc.

  1. to rove over or through in search of what may be found:The cat prowled the alleys in search of food.

  1. act of prowling.
  2. Idiomson the prowl, in the act of prowling;
    searching stealthily:The cat is on the prowl for mice.
prowling•ly, adv. 
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  • Middle English prollen 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged roam. See  lurk. 

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prowl /praʊl/ vb
  1. when intr, often followed by around or about: to move stealthily around (a place) as if in search of prey or plunder
  1. the act of prowling
  2. on the prowlmoving around stealthily
  3. zealously pursuing members of the opposite sex
Etymology: 14th Century prollen, of unknown origin

ˈprowler n

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