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Howler   /hˈaʊlər/   Listen
Howler

noun
1.
A joke that seems extremely funny.  Synonyms: belly laugh, riot, scream, sidesplitter, thigh-slapper, wow.
2.
Monkey of tropical South American forests having a loud howling cry.  Synonym: howler monkey.
3.
A glaring blunder.






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"Howler" Quotes from Famous Books



... morning, as if a great assemblage of wild beasts were all roaring and screaming together. The noise may be heard for miles, and it is louder and more piercing than that of any other animals, yet it is all produced by a single male howler, sitting on the branches of some lofty tree. They are enabled to make this extraordinary noise by means of an organ that is possessed by no other animal. The lower jaw is unusually deep, and this makes room for a hollow bony vessel about the ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 344, August 5, 1882 • Various

... let nobody but Rooke touch him; he was as big as a large calf, and formidable as a small lion, though nearly toothless with age. He was let loose in the yard at night, and was an element in the Restraint system; many a patient would have tried to escape but for Vulcan. He was also an invaluable howler at night, and so cooperated with Dr. Wolf's bugs and fleas to avert sleep, that vile foe to insanity and all ...
— Hard Cash • Charles Reade

... and don't talk so loud, or the cabby will hear you! Of course we're not ruined; but it would never astonish me any day if we came a howler. The pater goes too fast, and—— But we're all right now; and, for goodness' sake, don't say a word to mother; it would upset her dreadfully. It's only for her sake I'd mind ...
— Sarah's School Friend • May Baldwin



Words linked to "Howler" :   laugh, bloomer, boo-boo, blooper, jape, pratfall, thigh-slapper, boner, genus Alouatta, platyrrhine, howl, foul-up, Alouatta, fuckup, gag, botch, joke, platyrrhinian, jest, blunder, flub, bungle, New World monkey



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