Howlers

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?
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