- a person or thing that growls.
- Informal. a pitcher, pail, or other container brought by a customer for beer.
- British Slang. a four-wheeled, horse-drawn carriage.
- Electricity. an electromagnetic device consisting of two field poles, used for indicating short-circuited coils in armatures and for magnetizing or demagnetizing objects.
- an iceberg large enough to be a navigational hazard.
Origin of growler
Examples from the Web for growler
The Growler had lost her bowsprit, and was otherwise damaged, and had been forced to strike also.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Haven't you sleep enough, growler, that you're not to be knocked up for once?'Barnaby Rudge
How would they feel, to be always chained to the bench, as Growler is to his kennel?Bird Stories and Dog Stories
Growler at once bounded over the low wall and dived into the underwood.Freaks on the Fells
For, assuredly, if in anything there was to be found a fault, Growler was the boy to find it.Parkhurst Boys
Talbot Baines Reed
- a person, animal, or thing that growls
- British slang, obsolete a four-wheeled hansom cab
- Canadian a small iceberg that has broken off from a larger iceberg or from a glacier, often hazardous to shipping
- US slang any container, such as a can, for draught beer
- derogatory, slang a woman, esp one who is considered physically unattractive
Word Origin and History for growler
pitcher or other vessel for beer, 1885, American English, of uncertain origin; apparently an agent noun from growl (v.). It owes its popularity to laws prohibiting sale of liquor on Sundays and thus the tippler's need to stock up. Also in early use in the expression work the growler "go on a spree." Also late 19c. slang for a four-wheeled cab.