a person or thing that screams.
Informal. something or someone causing screams of excitement, laughter, or the like.
Printing Slang. an exclamation point.
  1. a sensational headline.
  2. banner(def 7).Compare scarehead.
Baseball Slang. an extremely hard-hit line drive.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for screamer

Contemporary Examples of screamer


    The Daily Beast logo
    Drudge's Anti-Newt Assault

    Howard Kurtz

    January 26, 2012

  • Under intense media pressure, Texas Republican Randy Neugebauer later revealed himself to be the screamer.

    The Daily Beast logo
    The Pain of Bart Stupak

    Sandra McElwaine

    March 27, 2010

Historical Examples of screamer

  • "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



a person or thing that screams
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)
someone or something that raises screams of laughter or astonishment
US and Canadian slang a sensational headline
Australian slang
  1. a person or thing that is excellent of its kind
  2. See two-pot screamer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012