Definition of screamer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskriːmə/


1A person or thing that makes a screaming sound: the screamer’s screams choked off into a gurgling sob
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  • The screamer, whoever it was, sounded a little like Lynn.
  • He has surprisingly done everything the unilateralist screamers assured us he would not do; namely, take every precautionary step the UN has asked him to take.
  • As such, he confounds modern-day screamers on both the left and the right for whom the warrior code is unintelligible.
2 informal A thing remarkable for speed or impact: he won a screamer of a 500 cc final
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  • After all, that first-generation Pentium PC that seemed like such a screamer when you bought it probably went out in the inorganic collection several years ago.
  • Provided that you can pickup the X850XT-PE, coupled with a fast system, you'll have a screamer of a gaming rig.
  • A rear engine 500 cc screamer with one central headlight, they sold 16,000 of them with the tin body but also quite a few woven ones.
2.1An extremely fast ball or shot: he sent two screamers past the Oxford goalkeeper
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  • They increased their lead after 50 minutes when John Butcher released a screamer of a shot that flew into the net from 20-yards out.
  • Danny Murphy seems to be an 100% a game player, which is a valuable asset, I remember him scoring a couple of screamers past Leeds last season.
  • With very little back-lift, Pires hits a screamer.
2.2chiefly US A sensational or very large headline: his death caused a front-page screamer
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  • His column in the Times will appear under a screamer: ‘Athens bomb dropped: six into four won't go.’
  • Curiously, they were the only newspaper to grasp this story, which splashed under one of their extremely long screamers NOW IT'S THE FRANKENFISH!
2.3 dated A thing that causes screams of laughter: the first time the play was performed it was a screamer
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  • After a somewhat creepy beginning down on the farm, the film is just a screamer.
3A large goose-like South American waterbird with a short bill, a sharp bony spur on each wing, and a harsh honking call.
  • Family Anhimidae: two genera and three species.
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  • The long toes may help screamers walk on emergent and submerged aquatic vegetation.


two-pot screamer

Australian informal A person who shows the effects of alcohol after drinking comparatively little.
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  • The clues to Polynesian ancestry come from tracing two-pot screamers and from assuming that male and female ancestors came from different places.
  • The PM-designate's election-night high-jinx ripped off his mask as a modest politician to expose a two-pot screamer.
  • Those who read my last article already know that I'm a two-pot screamer, so I didn't drink much.

Words that rhyme with screamer

beamer, blasphemer, Colima, creamer, dreamer, emphysema, femur, Iwo Jima, Kagoshima, lemur, Lima, oedema (US edema), ottava rima, Pima, reamer, redeemer, schema, schemer, seamer, Selima, steamer, streamer, terza rima, Tsushima

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