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 Alongside some welcome measures, there are some howlers—and glaring omissions. The Economist, "Between the lines The new US-China trade deal marks an uneasy truce," 16 Jan. 2020 Beck Warm and Trent Miner, two good goalies, let in four howlers and had a total save percentage of .826 between them. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, "Game thread: Portland Winterhawks at Lethbridge Hurricanes," 4 Oct. 2019 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims his side were the 'only team that deserved to win' as a goalkeeping howler from Dean Henderson helped the Reds beat Sheffield United 1-0 at Bramall Lane., "Jurgen Klopp's Post Match Quotes: Who Deserved to Win, What Others Will Say & Frustration," 28 Sep. 2019 Earlier, Manchester United lost 2-0 at last-place Watford, with a goalkeeper howler by David De Gea - for the second weekend running - leading to the first goal at Vicarage Road. Washington Post, "Racism protocol implemented for 1st time in Premier League," 22 Dec. 2019 The disclaimer is four of those points were from goalie howlers. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, "Hanas takes Goal of the Year in Game 1, sparks the Winterhawks to 6-1 romp," 22 Sep. 2019 They were handed a very fortunate 1-0 win all thanks to a howler from goalkeeper Dean Henderson., "Liverpool Premier League Month in Review: September - Best Player, Performance & Overall Rating," 1 Oct. 2019 The World Cup winner's howler on the south coast was his second costly mistake in the space of a week, Lloris likewise handing Southampton a goal in Spurs' latest Premier League home game., "Tottenham Reveal Expected Recovery Time for Hugo Lloris After Goalkeeper Dislocates Elbow," 7 Oct. 2019 Boys hungry howler werewolf Price: $29.99 If your son wants to be something scary this Halloween, the Hungry Howler Werewolf costume is a good choice. Alicia Kortendick, oregonlive, "Best Halloween costumes for the whole family," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of howler

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Howler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of howler

informal : a stupid but funny mistake or error

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