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

Example Sentences

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.
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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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