One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person or thing that growls.
- ‘Yet despite this jollier presence, he demonstrated yet again that he's one of pop music's first-class growlers.’
- ‘You get it all here - Iggy the crooner, Iggy the growler, Iggy the philosopher and Iggy the rager, raging against the dying of the night where the street fight that is rock mocks the slippery stranglehold of the recording industry.’
- ‘There's a plethora of black PVC and peek-a-boo backsides, as opposed to the usual cliches of strangely hirsute growlers sprouting hairs on the palms of their hands while scuttling about in swirling peasoupers.’
2A small iceberg.
- ‘A growler is an iceberg between one and 5 metres above water; a bergy bit, 1-4; small, 5-15; medium, 16-45; large, 46-75; very large, over 75.’
- ‘Just beneath the surface, out of sight of the watch, she had hit what is referred to in sailing circles as a growler.’
- ‘Like icebergs, growlers are a major hazard to seagoing craft.’
- ‘Just out of the port, the Valdez encountered some growlers - or chunks of ice separated from a glacier - and Hazelwood changed the vessel's course from 200 degrees to 180 degrees, steering the tanker outside of the shipping lane.’
- ‘In the spring and early summer, the additional hazard of icebergs and growlers were often a distinct possibility.’
3historical A four-wheeled hansom cab.
4US informal A pail or other container used for carrying drink, especially draught beer.
- ‘Additional crowd pleasers are the restaurant's daily Hoppy Hour, which features half-price appetizers and discounted beer, and BJ's 1/2 gallon growler to go.’
- ‘In pre-Prohibition times it was common for fathers to dispatch their progeny to the saloon with a growler to collect beer, and it was probably named for the growling sound a metal bucket full of beer makes when pushed across a bar top.’
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