howler


howler
n. a serious and funny mistake.
Who is responsible for this howler on the ilson account?
That howler cost us plenty.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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  • howler — [houl′ər] n. 1. a person or thing that howls 2. HOWLER MONKEY 3. [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] a ludicrous blunder …   English World dictionary

  • Howler — Howl er, n. 1. One who howls. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) Any South American monkey of the genus {Mycetes}. Many species are known. They are arboreal in their habits, and are noted for the loud, discordant howling in which they indulge at night …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • howler — 1832, animal that howls, agent noun from HOWL (Cf. howl) (v.). Meaning glaring blunder, ridiculous mistake is first recorded 1890 …   Etymology dictionary

  • howler — boner, *error, mistake, blunder, slip, lapse, faux pas, bull …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • howler — ► NOUN informal ▪ a ludicrous mistake …   English terms dictionary

  • howler — noun a) An animal which howls, such as a wolf or a howler monkey A howler is a glaring mistake, a mistake that cries out to be noticed. b) (Chiefly British) A painfully obvious mistake …   Wiktionary

  • howler — n British 1. a child or baby. An item of middle class and family slang of the later 1980s and 1990s. Wowler is an alternative version. Apart from the obvious reference to a baby s crying, the word might also recall the howler monkey. ► We re… …   Contemporary slang

  • howler — [[t]ha͟ʊlə(r)[/t]] howlers N COUNT A howler is a stupid mistake. [mainly BRIT, INFORMAL] I felt as if I had made an outrageous howler. Syn: blunder …   English dictionary

  • howler — UK [ˈhaʊlə(r)] / US [ˈhaʊlər] noun [countable] Word forms howler : singular howler plural howlers informal a silly and embarrassing mistake …   English dictionary


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