Guffaw vs Howl - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between guffaw and howl
is that guffaw
is a boisterous laugh while howl
is the protracted, mournful cry of a dog or a wolf, or other like sound.
As verbs the difference between guffaw and howl
is that guffaw
is to laugh boisterously while howl
is to utter a loud, protracted, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do.
A boisterous laugh
* 1906 , , ch. xx,
- On opening the little door, two hairy monsters flew at my throat, bearing me down, and extinguishing the light; while a mingled guffaw from Heathcliff and Hareton put the copestone on my rage and humiliation.
* 1936 , , ch. 15,
- He walked to the edge and they heard his hoarse guffaw of laughter as the arrows clanged and clattered against his impenetrable mail.
- He heaved up with a sulfurous curse, braced his legs and glared about him, with a burst of coarse guffaws in his ears and the reek of unwashed bodies in his nostrils.
* (boisterous laugh) belly laugh
To laugh boisterously.
* 1891 , , ch. 15,
* 1900 , ,
- He guffawed at his adversaries.
- Peter, on the contrary, threw back his head and guffawed thunderously.
* See also
The protracted, mournful cry of a dog or a wolf, or other like sound.
A prolonged cry of distress or anguish; a wail.
To utter a loud, protracted, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do.
- And dogs in corners set them down to howl .
To utter a sound expressive of pain or distress; to cry aloud and mournfully; to lament; to wail.
* Bible, Isaiah xiii. 6
- Methought a legion of foul fiends / Environ'd me about, and howled in my ears.
To make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast.
* Sir Walter Scott
- Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand.
To utter with outcry.
- Wild howled the wind.
- to howl derision