growl vs growling what difference

what is difference between growl and growling



From Middle English groulen, grollen, gurlen (of the bowels: to growl, rumble), either possibly from Old French groler (variant of croler (to be agitated, shake)), grouler, grouller (to growl, grumble), from Frankish *grullen, *gruljan or from Old English gryllan, both from Proto-Germanic *gruljaną (to make a sound; to growl, grumble, rumble), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰer- (to make a noise; to mumble, murmur; to rattle; to grind; to rub, stroke), probably ultimately imitative. The word is cognate with Middle Dutch grollen (to make a noise; to croak, grumble, murmur; to be angry) (modern Dutch grollen (to grumble)), German grollen (to rumble; to be angry, bear ill will), Old English grillan, griellan (to provoke, offend; to gnash the teeth). Compare grill.

The noun is derived from the verb.


  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: gräŭl, IPA(key): /ɡɹaʊl/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɡɹaʊl/
  • Rhymes: -aʊl


growl (plural growls)

  1. A deep, rumbling, threatening sound made in the throat by an animal.
  2. (by extension) The rumbling sound made by a person’s stomach when hungry.
  3. (by extension) An aggressive grumbling.
  4. (jazz, by extension) A low-pitched rumbling sound produced with a wind instrument.

Derived terms

  • death growl
  • growlf
  • undergrowl


See also

  • grr


growl (third-person singular simple present growls, present participle growling, simple past and past participle growled)

  1. (intransitive) To utter a deep guttural sound, as an angry animal; to give forth an angry, grumbling sound.
    Synonyms: gnar, gnarl, gurl, snarl
  2. (intransitive, jazz) Of a wind instrument: to produce a low-pitched rumbling sound.
  3. (intransitive, software) To send a user a message via the Growl software library.
  4. (transitive) To express (something) by growling.
  5. (transitive, jazz) To play a wind instrument in a way that produces a low-pitched rumbling sound.

Derived terms


Alternative forms

  • groil (dialectal)
  • groul (obsolete)


Further reading

  • growling (wind instruments) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • growling (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


  • glowr



growling (not comparable)

  1. Producing a growl.


growling (plural growlings)

  1. A sustained instance of growls or guttural noises.
  2. (jazz) The technique of producing a low-pitched growling or rumbling sound on a wind instrument.



  1. present participle of growl

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