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screamer

[skree-mer]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that screams.
  2. Informal. something or someone causing screams of excitement, laughter, or the like.
  3. Printing Slang. an exclamation point.
  4. Journalism.
    1. a sensational headline.
    2. banner(def 7).Compare scarehead.
  5. Baseball Slang. an extremely hard-hit line drive.
  6. Ornithology. any of several South American birds of the family Anhimidae, having a harsh, trumpeting call.

Origin of screamer

First recorded in 1705–15; scream + -er1
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  • "Well, you are a screamer, and no mistake," exclaimed he at length.

    Frank Fairlegh

    Frank E. Smedley

  • A screamer with a slight hook on the end that gave the ball an added roll.

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

  • Father thinks now that it was a 'screamer,' though it might have been a panther.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

  • It must have been a screamer, for Yorke yelled when he read it.

  • The screamer began to jabber like a maniac, punctuating his ravings with shrieks.


British Dictionary definitions for screamer

screamer

noun
  1. a person or thing that screams
  2. any goose-like aquatic bird, such as Chauna torquata (crested screamer), of the family Anhimidae of tropical and subtropical South America: order Anseriformes (ducks, geese, etc)
  3. someone or something that raises screams of laughter or astonishment
  4. US and Canadian slang a sensational headline
  5. Australian slang
    1. a person or thing that is excellent of its kind
    2. See two-pot screamer
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