howl·​er | \ ˈhau̇-lər How to pronounce howler (audio) \

Definition of howler

b : one that howls
2 : a humorous and ridiculous blunder

Examples of howler in a Sentence

The article was full of howlers.
Recent Examples on the Web Moreover, goalkeeper Alex Meret’s howler for Empoli’s second was something Spalletti could do little about. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 Above me, in a tangle of tropical cenízaro and mango trees, a family of howler monkeys play and swing through the canopy. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, 7 July 2022 After leaving Steppenwolf in 1972, Byrom became a session musician in Muscle Shoals, performing on records by the likes of R&B howler Wilson Pickett. Matt Wake |, al, 22 Feb. 2022 Soon, these ceaseless faux-profundities come to hold about as much meaning as the oinks and grunts and howler-monkey screeches that, along with Marc Marder’s often incongruously jolly score, otherwise adorn the soundtrack. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 12 Feb. 2022 At dawn on the Río Claro Cocorná Sur, near the tributary’s confluence with the great Magdalena River in northwestern Colombia, the rising sun gave light to turtles slipping off logs and howler monkeys stirring in the guadua trees. Jordan Salama, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Nov. 2021 The only sounds to be heard were the noise of wind whizzing through the ancient stones and the loud verses of howler monkeys. Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2022 Meanwhile, the idea that kids and chores would somehow fit into a standard workweek is a howler. Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2022 Two were soft goals, one of them the game-loser, and another was a howler that put the Royals ahead 3-2. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 5 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of howler

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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31 Jul 2022

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“Howler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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