Howl vs Meow - What's the difference?

howl | meow |


As nouns the difference between howl and meow

is that howl is the protracted, mournful cry of a dog or a wolf, or other like sound while meow is the cry of a cat.

As verbs the difference between howl and meow

is that howl is to utter a loud, protracted, mournful sound or cry, as dogs and wolves often do while meow is of a cat, to make its cry.

As an interjection meow is

the cry of a cat.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

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

    meow

    English

    Alternative forms

    * meu * mew * miaow, miaou (UK)

    Interjection

    (en interjection)
  • The cry of a cat.
  • Said in reply to a spiteful or catty comment.
  • Said to denote seductiveness, mimicking a growl.
  • Synonyms

    * nyao

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The cry of a cat.
  • Derived terms

    * cat’s meow * meowy

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • Of a cat, to make its cry.
  • Synonyms

    * mew