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