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 Rendezvous with playful howler monkeys, shy sloths and a kaleidoscopic menagerie of resplendent birds. Laura Manske, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Someone must have told him that his use of the word was a real howler. WSJ, 30 Mar. 2021 The hyoid is instrumental in the howler’s ability to project its voice about two miles. New York Times, 19 Mar. 2021 Darwin was also a good friend — a sassy, independent beagle, occasional growler and regular howler who loved road trips second only to eating. Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2020 As is common with howler monkeys, Marlie has been clinging to mother Charlie since birth. Marcy De Luna, Chron, 17 Dec. 2020 The cacophony of howler monkeys, African grey parrots and cicadas filled her ears and the smell of the rich clay soil—musty decay with a hint of cocoa—permeated her nostrils. Helen Santoro, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Oct. 2020 Customers can order online, then pick up cans, crowlers and howlers (32-ounce growlers) without contact. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 May 2020 Another defensive howler, this time from Ross Barkley, led to Promes scoring to seal the game for the Dutch, who will face Portugal in the final on Sunday., 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of howler

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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8 May 2021

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“Howler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of howler

informal : a stupid but funny mistake or error

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