Definition of howler noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhaʊlə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaʊlər//
(informal, especially British English)
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a stupid mistake, especially in what somebody says or writes synonym error The report is full of howlers. Synonymsmistakeerror inaccuracy slip howler misprintThese are all words for a word, figure or fact that is not said, written down or typed correctly.mistake a word or figure that is not said or written down correctly:It’s a common mistake among learners of English. spelling mistakeserror (rather formal) a word, figure, etc. that is not said or written down correctly:There are too many errors in your work. Error is a more formal way of saying mistake.inaccuracy (rather formal) a piece of information that is not exactly correct:The article is full of inaccuracies.slip a small mistake, usually made by being careless or not paying attentionhowler (informal, especially British English) a stupid mistake, especially in what somebody says or writes:The report is full of howlers. A howler is usually an embarrassing mistake which shows that the person who made it does not know something that they really should know. misprint a small mistake in a printed textPatterns a(n) mistake/​error/​inaccuracy/​slip/​howler/​misprint in something to make a(n) mistake/​error/​slip/​howler to contain/​be full of mistakes/​errors/​inaccuracies/​howlers/​misprints
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: howler