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.

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England failed to reach Sunday's Nations League final after a series of defensive howlers cost them against the Netherlands in Guimarães on Thursday evening., "Netherlands 3-1 England: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Oranje Reach Nations League Final," 6 June 2019 The Wisconsin howler is a reminder to think twice before handing one-sixth of the economy over to this crowd. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Wisconsin ObamaCare Howlers," 29 Aug. 2018 Two high profile errors from Karius cost the Reds in their 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final in May, and another howler in a recent friendly against Tranmere has done little to help his case., "Liverpool Attempt to Beat Rivals to Brazilian International's Signing With €65m Offer," 12 July 2018 Raphael Varane's fantastic header and a goalkeeping howler by Fernando Muslera to gift Antoine Griezmann a goal saw France ease to victory in a far more comfortable outing than the thrilling 4-3 last-16 win over Argentina. Afp,, "Deschamps: France have 'plenty of room for improvement'," 6 July 2018 No other way to say it: that’s an all-time howler, a blunder that may have cost Liverpool the Champions League title. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Real Madrid Beats Liverpool in Champions League Final on a Wonder and Two Blunders," 27 May 2018 Bale's jaw-dropping overhead kick in the 64th minute put Real 2-1 up moments after his introduction, following a dramatic start to the second half in which Karim Benzema gave Real the lead as a result of a Loris Karius howler. Afp,, "Real Madrid defeat Liverpool to win third straight Champions League," 26 May 2018 Real Madrid ran out 3-1 winners over Liverpool in Kiev, largely thanks to two goalkeeping howlers from the German, which gifted Madrid two of its three goals., "Hospital: Liverpool GK Karius Suffered Concussion During UCL Final," 4 June 2018 There have been other goalkeeping mistakes during the World Cup, such as a howler from Argentina’s Willy Caballero against Croatia. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Uruguay goalkeeper makes huge error to concede goal vs. France," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of howler

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of howler

informal : a stupid but funny mistake or error

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