v. prowled, prowl·ing, prowls
To roam through stealthily, as in search of prey or plunder: prowled the alleys of the city after dark.
To rove furtively or with predatory intent: cats prowling through the neighborhood.
The act or an instance of prowling.
on the prowl
Actively looking for something: salespeople on the prowl for better jobs.
[Middle English prollen, to move about.]
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