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 Chris Duvall fired a surprise screamer off a loose ball in the 41st minute that just barely went wide of goal. oregonlive, "Portland Timbers reach MLS is Back championship after win over Philadelphia Union," 6 Aug. 2020 At that exact moment, Chauncey Dalton—the Babe Ruth of our middle school—released a screamer that caught me right on the solar plexus. Joe Zimmerman, The New Yorker, "I Will No Longer Be Thinking of You, Unless I Hear from You Soon: Letters to My Exes," 9 June 2020 The Brazilian enjoys the occasional long-range screamer, but is more renowned for his ability to read the game and snuff out danger., "Real Madrid: The XI That Should Start Against Atletico Madrid," 27 Sep. 2019 Democratic leaders should stand up to the screamers. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Voices of Reason—and Unreason," 11 Oct. 2018 Ricardo Pereira soon equalised for the hosts before James Maddison, one of the principal benefactors of Brendan Rodgers' more attacking style, scored an absolute screamer to ensure Leicester secured the three points., "How Leicester City Established Themselves as Favourites for a Top Four Finish," 1 Nov. 2019 There are screamers, which sound like a squealing duck and trail a tail of flame. David Gutman, Anchorage Daily News, "Washington county wants to shoot fireworks at trash-bombing eagles," 18 Feb. 2020 More of a huffer than a screamer, the turbo four shoves the Mazda along on a wave of low-end torque. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, "Our Mazda CX-5 Turbo Deserves a Better Infotainment System," 3 Feb. 2020 His five goals also came in spectacular style – featuring a long-range screamer and a drive with his left foot., "10 of Lionel Messi's Best Ever Individual Performances," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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13 Aug 2020

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“Screamer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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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