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CHOWL, Chool, v. and n.1 [tʃʌul]

1. v.

(1) In phr. to chowl one's (chanler-) chafts, “to distort one's mouth, often for the purpose of provoking another; to make ridiculous faces” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2); to make a wry face (Ags.2 1940). Cf. Chow, v., 1., Phrase (1). Ags. 1816  G. Beattie John o' Arnha' (1826) 60:
Chowl'd his chanler-chafts at John.

†(2) “To emit a mournful cry; applied to dogs or children” (Fif. 1825 Jam.2); to howl. Ags. 1897  W. Lindsay in
A. Reid Bards of Angus and the Mearns 282:
Through the deep, darksome Doll surly Winter is howlin', Owre Ben Reid an' Ben Tirrin he's bockin' an' chowlin'.

2. n. A mournful cry, a whine (Fif. 1825 Jam.2, chowl, chool).

[Phs. the same as Chow, v., q.v., with contamination from Eng. howl.]

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