intransitive verb

To roam through stealthily, as in search of prey or plunder.

intransitive verb

To rove furtively or with predatory intent.


The act or an instance of prowling.


(on the prowl) Actively looking for something.

To rove or wander over in a stealthy manner: as, to prowl the woods or the streets.

To collect by plunder.

To rove or wander stealthily, as one in search of prey or plunder; search carefully, and in a quiet or secretive manner.

To plunder; prey; foray.


The act of prowling; a roving as for prey: as, to be on the prowl.

transitive verb

To rove over, through, or about in a stealthy manner; esp., to search in, as for prey or booty.