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growler

[grou-ler] /ˈgraʊ lər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that growls.
2.
Informal. a pitcher, pail, or other container brought by a customer for beer.
3.
British Slang. a four-wheeled, horse-drawn carriage.
4.
Electricity. an electromagnetic device consisting of two field poles, used for indicating short-circuited coils in armatures and for magnetizing or demagnetizing objects.
5.
an iceberg large enough to be a navigational hazard.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; growl + -er1
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Examples from the web for growler
  • He does not sell beer by the bucket or can or growler or schooner, but by the pint.
  • At the ground-floor entrance there will be a small stand-up bar area with a few stools and a growler station.
  • At the growler bar, customers can get their bottles filled with six kinds of draft beer.
British Dictionary definitions for growler

growler

/ˈɡraʊlə/
noun
1.
a person, animal, or thing that growls
2.
(Brit, slang, obsolete) a four-wheeled hansom cab
3.
(Canadian) a small iceberg that has broken off from a larger iceberg or from a glacier, often hazardous to shipping
4.
(US, slang) any container, such as a can, for draught beer
5.
(derogatory, slang) a woman, esp one who is considered physically unattractive
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Word Origin and History for growler
n.

pitcher or other vessel for beer, 1885, American English, of uncertain origin; apparently an agent noun from growl (v.). It owes its popularity to laws prohibiting sale of liquor on Sundays and thus the tippler's need to stock up. Also in early use in the expression work the growler "go on a spree." Also late 19c. slang for a four-wheeled cab.

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Slang definitions & phrases for growler

growler

noun
  1. (also grollo) A container used to carry beer home from a bar: A can brought in filled with beer at a barroom is called a growler (1888+, now obsolete)
  2. A public-address loudspeaker or system; bitch box, squawk box (WWII Navy)
  3. A small iceberg (1912+)
  4. A police squad car; prowl car: They got back into the growler and took off (1980s+ Police)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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