howl·​er | \ˈhau̇-lər \

Definition of howler 

1a : howler monkey

b : one that howls

2 : a humorous and ridiculous blunder

Examples of howler in a Sentence

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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 Every Goal From the 2018 World Cup, Ranked Johannes Eisele/Getty Images Everything from the golazos to the howlers. Tom Philip, GQ, "Every Goal From the 2018 World Cup, Ranked," 2 July 2018 The idea that this is a restoration of federalism is a howler—states have never in the history of the republic enjoyed such power to hassle people outside their borders. James Freeman, WSJ, "When Will Washington Stop Helping Amazon?," 22 June 2018 His side went on to concede the first goal, after a Loris Karius howler gifted Los Blancos the lead., "Liverpool Star Salah's Chances of Making World Cup Boosted After Egyptian FA Claim Injury is Sprain," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of howler

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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: a stupid but funny mistake or error

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