screamer

noun

scream·​er ˈskrē-mər How to pronounce screamer (audio)
1
: one that screams
2
: any of a small family (Anhimidae) of South American wetland birds having a large body, long legs, and spurred wings
3
: a sensationally startling headline

Examples of screamer in a Sentence

The batter hit a screamer right at the shortstop. She kicked a screamer into the net. My last computer was pretty fast, but this one's a real screamer. Don't startle her—she's a screamer.
Recent Examples on the Web For Democrats, a smooth and soft-spoken hard-liner may be a bigger threat than a caustic screamer. David D. Kirkpatrick, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2024 According to The Post, many movie fans believe that Fassbender, famous for his intense roles, was the screamer. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 29 Feb. 2024 Seyfried's career then took off, appearing next in 2009's teen screamer Jennifer's Body (one of the best movies of the sort) and in Atom Egoyan's erotic thriller Chloe. Declan Gallagher, EW.com, 18 July 2023 These screamers can no longer be condescended to, as a quirky sideshow to pop music. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 9 Feb. 2024 Maranello’s latest twists on this are the Ferrari SF90 XX Stradale and Spider, limited-production offshoots of the SF90 (which debuted in 2019) that tip a hat to the marque’s ultra-exclusive XX race program for clients, yielding track-only screamers like the 599XX EVO and FXX-K EVO. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 2 Dec. 2023 The Reign’s most dangerous chance of the first half came in the 29th minute, a screamer off the foot of Rapinoe toward the near post that was saved by Bella Bixby. oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2023 The Blue Devil fans, all 9,314 of them, are screamers. BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2023 The play began when Wiemer got an excellent jump on a screamer off the bat of Verdugo. Journal Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of screamer was in 1712

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“Screamer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/screamer. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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