Definition of howler in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhaʊlə/


1 informal A very stupid or glaring mistake, especially an amusing one: the occasional schoolboy howler would amuse the examiners
More example sentences
  • Now mistakes - even howlers - are made by every columnist from time to time.
  • We made mistakes, we made howlers, not just me but Del and Tony alike.
  • This led him to make this mistake, a howler for anyone who has even a passing acquaintance with prominent conservative commentators.
informal slip-up, boo-boo, boner, botch, fluff, fail
British informal boob, bloomer, clanger
North American informal blooper, bloop, goof
vulgar slang fuck-up
technical malapropism, solecism
2 (also howler monkey) A fruit-eating monkey with a prehensile tail and a loud howling call, native to the forests of tropical America.
  • Genus Alouatta, family Cebidae: several species.
Example sentences
  • Many smaller animals have also joined the collection: siamang gibbons, provost squirrels, howler monkey, armadillo and the elusive mona monkeys.
  • The dam would flood the Macal River valley - a so-called ‘Biogem’ of rain forest and fertile flood plain that is home to many endangered species like the howler monkey, jaguar, and tapir.
  • The howler monkey that Stephens observed on Barro Colorado Island was feasting on fruit near its peak ripeness - when its ethanol content is about 1 percent.

Words that rhyme with howler

fowler, growler, prowler, scowler

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