a person or thing that screams.
Informal. something or someone causing screams of excitement, laughter, or the like.
Printing Slang. an exclamation point.
a sensational headline.
banner ( def 7 ). Compare scarehead.
Baseball Slang. an extremely hard-hit line drive.
Ornithology. any of several South American birds of the family Anhimidae, having a harsh, trumpeting call.
Compare horned screamer.

1705–15; scream + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
screamer (ˈskriːmə)
1.  a person or thing that screams
2.  any goose-like aquatic bird, such as Chauna torquata (crested screamer), of the family Anhimidae of tropical and subtropical South America: order Anseriformes (ducks, geese, etc)
3.  someone or something that raises screams of laughter or astonishment
4.  slang (US), (Canadian) a sensational headline
5.  slang (Austral)
 a.  a person or thing that is excellent of its kind
 b.  See two-pot screamer

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Slang Dictionary

screamer definition

  1. n.
    a newspaper headline. : Did you see the screamer in the paper today? “The King Died.”
  2. n.
    an exclamation point. (Printing.) : Clean up this copy. There are too many screamers. Looks like junior high stuff.
  3. n.
    anything challenging. : What a horrible assignment I got. A classic screamer.
  4. n.
    someone or something very exciting or attention getting. : This guy is a real screamer! Wait'll you meet him.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Computing Dictionary

Screamer definition

An extension of Common Lisp providing nondeterministic backtracking and constraint programming.
[Isn't all backtracking nondeterministic by definition?]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Encyclopedia Britannica


any of three species of South American waterfowl constituting the family Anhimidae (order Anseriformes). The group derives its name from its raucous, far-carrying cry.

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Example sentences
Give me a screamer who lets you know where he or she stands any day.
Another screamer of crude personal insults who has been banned many times.
He's been through too many audits and boardroom machinations to be a nail-biter
  or a screamer.
Li doesn't flinch, however, driving a screamer forehand crosscourt for a winner.
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