howler

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n howler a glaring blunder
    • n howler monkey of tropical South American forests having a loud howling cry
    • n howler a joke that seems extremely funny
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The male howler monkey of Central and South America is the noisiest land animal, which can be heard clearly from a distance of ten miles away
    • Howler (Zoöl) 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.
    • Howler One who howls.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Howler monkeys are the noisiest land animals. Their calls can be heard over 2 miles away.
    • n howler One who howls.
    • n howler A South American monkey of the family Cebidœ and subfamily Mycetinœ: as, the ursine howler, Mycetes ursinus. There are several species, so named from the extraordinary volume of their voice, due to a peculiar conformation of the laryngeal and hyoidean apparatus, which is enormously enlarged and excavated, functioning as a reverberator.
    • n howler A calling device employed in telephony in place of the magnetic call-bell; a buzzer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Howler a South American monkey, with prodigious power of voice:
    • n Howler (slang) a glaring or very stupid error
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. huller—L. ululāre, to shriek or howl—ulula, an owl; cf. Ger. heulen, Eng. owl.

Usage

In literature:

And this feeling is very strong amongst the noisiest Irish howlers.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
He passed the mounted men and thundered through the lines of standing howlers.
"A Tar-Heel Baron" by Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
Hang me if there isn't Master Plunger and a lot of the howlers from his form.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
Believe me, it was a howler.
"Waiting for Daylight" by Henry Major Tomlinson
We called her the Howler because she howled.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
Good "Keeners" are in much request, and a really efficient howler is sure of regular employment.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
A no'the-easter and a howler all the way.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
Britain is not the dying nation which the calamity howlers would have us infer.
"Dickens' London" by Francis Miltoun
But once in a long while there'll be a howler, and that's what the barometer is trying to tell us now.
"Wings of the Wind" by Credo Harris
I hope you fellows don't think of butting into such a howler as this?
"Motor Boat Boys Down the Coast" by Louis Arundel
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In poetry:

He still goes on his rounds at night
To keep off forest prowlers;
But, ah! he has no teeth to bite
The cunning-hearted howlers.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall
Down by the Sutlej shore,
Where sound the trumpet and the wild tum-tum,
At winter's eve did come
A gaunt old northern lion, at whose roar
The myriad howlers of thy wilds are dumb,
Blood-stained Ferozepore!
"A Musing On A Victory" by Sydney Thompson Dobell

In news:

The Maya Biosphere Reserve is a rainforest stronghold for jaguars, pumas, scarlet macaws, and howler monkeys.
Critics' Picks: Howler, Tanlines, White Denim, and more.
The first release from the 9:30 Club's widely trumpeted label, 9:30 Records, was an EP from local alt-country howler Justin Jones (who, by the way, is a 9:30 Club bartender).
Howler and the Static Jacks at Hemlock .
134 little howler Program Length: 28 Minutes 46 Seconds Educational Recording Rights: One-year rights for teachers to tape.
The veteran director re-teams with Tracy Letts for NC-17 howler 'Killer Joe'.
Howler , tUnE-yArDs, Doomtree, Trampled by Turtles and The Hold Steady all brought incredible performances to this year's Rock the Garden, and Minnesota Public Radio and Walker Art Center members brought the party.
Minneapolis surf-punks Howler play a high-powered, scuzzed-out set of songs live on KEXP from Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop in Austin during SXSW 2012.
No, that's not the title of Howler 's next album, nor is it the slogan for the eyebrow-raising marketing campaign the band just rolled out.
Howler 's Jordan Gatesmith, just stretching his fingers.
"I think Howler 's pretty instantaneous when you listen to it.".
Without telling anyone in the band, Garrett sent Howler 's EP to Jeff Travis, who runs the UK label, Rough Trade Records, which ultimately signed the band.
Howler of the Day (so far).
Howler of the day (so far.).
Hartman howler hurts L.A. Houston's Dwayne De Rosario scored his ninth goal of the season by beating Chicago goalkeeper Zach Thornton with a shot from the halfway line.
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