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 Customers can order online, then pick up cans, crowlers and howlers (32-ounce growlers) without contact. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "His brewery (Mikerphone) is in Chicago, but his heart (and his creative muse) are in Wisconsin," 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., "Netherlands 3-1 England: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Oranje Reach Nations League Final," 6 June 2019 And some overly enthusiastic howlers were roundly scolded on Nextdoor for using it as an occasion to set off fireworks. Rachel Scheier, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus has people howling at the moon," 4 Apr. 2020 During the pandemic, retailers — except those with a wine-only permit — can fill and refill permissible containers, including growlers, howlers and crowlers, according to the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what carryout alcohol Indiana restaurants can sell during the coronavirus pandemic," 2 Apr. 2020 But two goals from substitute Marcos Llorente in the space of eight minutes, the first courtesy of a howler from stand-in keeper Adrian, drew the sides level on the night and gave Atletico the lead on aggregate. Matias Grez, CNN, "Atletico Madrid stuns Liverpool at Anfield to dump holder out of the Champions League," 11 Mar. 2020 Some of the technical-side decisions in how Cincy built this season’s roster were absolute howlers, and the team is paying for it right now on the field. Grant Wahl,, "2019 MLS Ambition Rankings: Who Is Keeping Up in League's Arms Race?," 10 June 2019 Simon Mignolet was more than prone to the odd howler whilst Loris Karius will always be remembered for his shocking performance during the defeat to Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League Final., "10 of the Craziest Sales Liverpool Have Completed in Recent Years," 16 July 2019 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

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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 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of howler

informal : a stupid but funny mistake or error

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