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1. One, such as a dog, that growls.
2. A small iceberg.
3. Electricity An electromagnetic device with two poles, used for magnetizing, demagnetizing, and finding short-circuited coils.
4. Informal A pail or other container used for carrying beer, especially a half-gallon or gallon glass jug with a gasket or screw cap.

[Sense 4, from the sound made by carbon dioxide escaping from under the lids of metal pails in which beer was carried in the past .]


1. a person, animal, or thing that growls
2. (Automotive Engineering) slang obsolete Brit a four-wheeled hansom cab
3. (Physical Geography) Canadian a small iceberg that has broken off from a larger iceberg or from a glacier, often hazardous to shipping
4. slang US any container, such as a can, for draught beer
5. derogatory slang a woman, esp one who is considered physically unattractive


(ˈgraʊ lər)

1. a person or thing that growls.
2. Informal. a pitcher, pail, or other container brought by a customer for beer.
3. an electromagnetic device for identifying short circuits and for magnetizing or demagnetizing objects.
4. a small iceberg.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.growler - a speaker whose voice sounds like a growl
speaker, talker, verbaliser, verbalizer, utterer - someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous); "the speaker at commencement"; "an utterer of useful maxims"
2.growler - a small iceberg or ice floe just large enough to be hazardous for shipping
berg, iceberg - a large mass of ice floating at sea; usually broken off of a polar glacier


A person who habitually complains or grumbles:
Informal: crank, griper, grouser.
References in classic literature ?
Sancho overheard him and said, "It is eight or ten days, brother growler, since I entered upon the government of the island they gave me, and all that time I never had a bellyful of victuals, no not for an hour; doctors persecuted me and enemies crushed my bones; nor had I any opportunity of taking bribes or levying taxes; and if that be the case, as it is, I don't deserve, I think, to come out in this fashion; but 'man proposes and God disposes;' and God knows what is best, and what suits each one best; and 'as the occasion, so the behaviour;' and 'let nobody say "I won't drink of this water;"' and
They may let Growler loose if anybody offers to do mischief, and there's Alick's dog too, ready enough to set his tooth in a tramp if Alick gives him a wink.
Then the old King said: 'Be easy, he shall be punished,' and he at once flew with the Queen to the bear's cave, and called in: 'Old Growler, why have you insulted my children?
It will take you some twelve or fifteen minutes to drive to your bank in a growler, so if you are here with one at a quarter to ten to-morrow morning, that will exactly meet the case.
All the way home he sobbed in the darkest corner of the growler, and if I tried to comfort him he struck me.
It was this callous act that turned all David's mirth to woe, and drove us weeping to our growler.
And because we lived in the shadow of the police, we opened oysters and fed them to them with squirts of pepper sauce, and rushed the growler or got stronger stuff in bottles.
Haven't you sleep enough, growler, that you're not to be knocked up for once?
And then he'd say, "I'll be a grislier old growler to- morrow
The ordinary London growler is considerably less wide than a gentleman's brougham.
Contract Awarded for Build 15 additional EA-18G Growler fighter jets and associated electronic attack kits.
Treat craft beer right with the Reduce Vacuum Growler, an eco-friendly container designed for filling with cold craft beer from breweries or home brew.