Guffaw vs Howl - What's the difference?

guffaw | howl |


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.

guffaw

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A boisterous laugh
  • *
  • 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.
  • * 1906 , , ch. xx,
  • He walked to the edge and they heard his hoarse guffaw of laughter as the arrows clanged and clattered against his impenetrable mail.
  • * 1936 , , ch. 15,
  • 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.

    Synonyms

    * (boisterous laugh) belly laugh

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To laugh boisterously.
  • * 1891 , , ch. 15,
  • He guffawed at his adversaries.
  • * 1900 , ,
  • Peter, on the contrary, threw back his head and guffawed thunderously.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    howl

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The protracted, mournful cry of a dog or a wolf, or other like sound.
  • A prolonged cry of distress or anguish; a wail.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To utter a loud, protracted, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do.
  • * Drayton
  • And dogs in corners set them down to howl .
  • * Shakespeare
  • Methought a legion of foul fiends / Environ'd me about, and howled in my ears.
  • To utter a sound expressive of pain or distress; to cry aloud and mournfully; to lament; to wail.
  • * Bible, Isaiah xiii. 6
  • Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand.
  • To make a noise resembling the cry of a wild beast.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • Wild howled the wind.
  • To utter with outcry.
  • to howl derision