Growl vs Whimper - What's the difference?

growl | whimper |


As nouns the difference between growl and whimper

is that growl is the deep, threatening sound made in the throat by an animal; a grumbling sound while whimper is a low intermittent sob.

As verbs the difference between growl and whimper

is that growl is to utter a deep guttural sound, as an angry animal; to give forth an angry, grumbling sound while whimper is to cry or sob softly and intermittently.

growl

English

Alternative forms

* (l) (dialectal) * (l) (obsolete)

Noun

(en noun)
  • The deep, threatening sound made in the throat by an animal; a grumbling sound.
  • The sound made by a hungry stomach.
  • Derived terms

    * death growl

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To utter a deep guttural sound, as an angry animal; to give forth an angry, grumbling sound.
  • The dog growled at me as I walked past.
  • To express (something) by growling.
  • The old man growled his displeasure at the postman.
  • (software) To send a user a message via the software library.
  • whimper

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A low intermittent sob.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To cry or sob softly and intermittently.
  • The lonely puppy began to whimper as soon as we left the room.
  • * 1886 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), (Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde)
  • At the sight of Mr. Utterson, the housemaid broke into hysterical whimpering ; and the cook, crying out "Bless God! it's Mr. Utterson," ran forward as if to take him in her arms.
  • To cry with a low, whining, broken voice; to whine; to complain.
  • * Latimer
  • Was there ever yet preacher but there were gainsayers that spurned, that winced, that whimpered against him?
  • To say something in a whimpering manner.
  • "Master, please don't punish me!" he whimpered .

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * whimperative