[hou-ler] /ˈhaʊ lər/
a person, animal, or thing that .
Also called howler monkey. any large, prehensile-tailed tropical American monkey of the genus Alouatta, the males of which make a noise: some species are endangered.
a mistake, especially an embarrassing one in speech or writing, that evokes laughter; a very humorous mistake or a funny blunder.
Informal. something that makes a piercing and often prolonged noise, as an alarm.
Also called howler monkey. any large New World monkey of the genus Alouatta, inhabiting tropical forests in South America and having a loud howling cry
(informal) a glaring mistake
(Brit) (formerly) a device that produces a loud tone in a telephone receiver to attract attention when the receiver is incorrectly replaced
a person or thing that howls
1832, “animal that howls,” agent noun from howl (v.). Meaning “glaring blunder, ridiculous mistake” is first recorded 1890.
A very funny mistake, esp in something written or spoken rather solemnly; also, a serious and obvious mistake: His misuse of ”Rappaport” for ”rapport” was the season’s howler (1844+)
[hou-lit] /ˈhaʊ lɪt/ noun, British Dialect. 1. an owl or owlet. /ˈhaʊlɪt/ noun 1. (archaic, poetic) another word for owl
[hou-ling] /ˈhaʊ lɪŋ/ adjective 1. producing or uttering a howling noise: a howling mob. 2. desolate, dismal, or dreary: a howling wilderness. 3. Informal. very great; tremendous: a howling success. [houl] /haʊl/ verb (used without object) 1. to utter a loud, prolonged, mournful cry, as that of a dog or wolf. 2. to utter a […]
[hou-ling] /ˈhaʊ lɪŋ/ adjective 1. producing or uttering a howling noise: a howling mob. 2. desolate, dismal, or dreary: a howling wilderness. 3. Informal. very great; tremendous: a howling success. /ˈhaʊlɪŋ/ adjective 1. (prenominal) (informal) (intensifier): a howling success, a howling error adjective Conspicuously successful: The Peoples’ theatre is doing a howling biz (1887+)
- Howling success
A tremendous triumph, as in Their first play was a howling success. This colloquial expression employs howling in the sense of “very pronounced” or “glaring,” a usage dating from the mid-1800s.