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Meaning of howler

howl•er

Pronunciation: (hou'lur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person, animal, or thing that howls.
  2. Also calledany large, prehensile-tailed tropical American monkey of the genus Alouatta, the males of which make a howling noise: some species are endangered.
  3. a mistake, esp. an embarrassing one in speech or writing, that evokes laughter; a very humorous mistake or a funny blunder.
  4. something that makes a piercing and often prolonged noise, as an alarm.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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