scream·​er | \ ˈskrē-mər How to pronounce screamer (audio) \

Definition of screamer

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web With a brand new A15 Bionic processor underneath the hood, the new iPad Mini is an absolute screamer. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 14 Sep. 2021 The Phoenix Rising beat their rivals New Mexico United, 3-2, thanks to a brace from Joey Calistri and a last minute screamer from Santo Moar. Madison Thacker, The Arizona Republic, 28 Aug. 2021 Justin Turner hit a screamer of a double down the third-base line, and Corey Seager followed on the next pitch with an RBI single to right field to add another run to the scoreboard. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2021 Jen’s father, her remaining parent, was highly successful but only narrowly rational, a bully and a screamer. Jennifer Senior, The Atlantic, 9 Aug. 2021 In the 26th minute, Smith collected the ball in the Thorns’ half and dribbled up the field, evading three defenders before unleashing a screamer from outside the box. Caitlin Murray, oregonlive, 18 July 2021 After the Yankees rallied to tie it 3-all with a three-run second on the homers by Hicks and Odor, Stanton put them ahead for good in the third with his laser into the left-field bleachers, a 118 mph screamer. Tom Withers, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 Cathedral had far more opportunities, especially in the second half, like a 22-yard high screamer off the foot of Montali in the 44th minute. Jim Lindgren, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 May 2021 Posey hit a screamer into the left-center gap and sauntered into second with a two-run double. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of screamer

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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19 Sep 2021

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“Screamer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of screamer

: something that moves or works very quickly
: a person who tends to scream : a person who screams more often or more easily than most people

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