howler

[hou-ler]
noun
1.
a person, animal, or thing that howls.
2.
Also called howler monkey. any large, prehensile-tailed tropical American monkey of the genus Alouatta, the males of which make a howling noise: some species are endangered.
3.
a mistake, especially an embarrassing one in speech or writing, that evokes laughter; a very humorous mistake or a funny blunder.
4.
Informal. something that makes a piercing and often prolonged noise, as an alarm.

Origin:
1790–1800; howl + -er1

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howler (ˈhaʊlə)
 
n
1.  Also called: howler monkey any large New World monkey of the genus Alouatta, inhabiting tropical forests in South America and having a loud howling cry
2.  informal a glaring mistake
3.  (Brit) (formerly) a device that produces a loud tone in a telephone receiver to attract attention when the receiver is incorrectly replaced
4.  a person or thing that howls

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howler definition


  1. n.
    a serious and obvious mistake; a funny error. : Who is responsible for this howler on the Wilson account?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
No howler by the keeper, no muffed offside call, no melodramatic dive to set it all up with an unjustified free kick.
Spider monkeys swing from branches and vines, and howler monkeys bellow in the distance.
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