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growl·er

 (grou′lər)
n.
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 .]

growler

(ˈɡraʊlə)
n
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

growl•er

(ˈgraʊ lər)

n.
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.
[1745–55]
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

growler

noun
A person who habitually complains or grumbles:
Informal: crank, griper, grouser.
References in classic literature ?
The young willow-wrens, however, continued to cry and scream, and when their parents again brought food they said: 'We will not so much as touch one fly's leg, no, not if we were dying of hunger, until you have settled whether we are respectable children or not; the bear has been here and has insulted us!' 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?
'Children, rejoice, eat and drink to your heart's content, we have won the battle!' But the young wrens said: 'We will not eat yet, the bear must come to the nest, and beg for pardon and say that we are honourable children, before we will do that.' Then the willow-wren flew to the bear's hole and cried: 'Growler, you are to come to the nest to my children, and beg their pardon, or else every rib of your body shall be broken.' So the bear crept thither in the greatest fear, and begged their pardon.
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.
"Pat" Callahan--"Growler" Pat, as he had been known before he ascended the bench--had begun life as a butcher boy and a bruiser of local reputation; he had gone into politics almost as soon as he had learned to talk, and had held two offices at once before he was old enough to vote.
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
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?' said John.
The ordinary London growler is considerably less wide than a gentleman's brougham.
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."
This'll be the happiest piece of work we ever done." And then he'd say, "I'll be a grislier old growler to- morrow!" and laugh, he would, till John and me was often forced to slap his back, and bring it out of his windpipes with a little water.'
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.