Definition of screamer in English:



  • 1A person or thing that makes a screaming sound.

    ‘the screamer's screams choked off into a gurgling sob’
    • ‘Innovation rarely comes from a unit commanded by a screamer.’
    • ‘I'm not a screamer by nature but I screamed then, a high piercing shriek that I could scarcely believe had come from my throat.’
    • ‘Where they are hard-drinking, leather-clad screamers, he is quietly spoken, has a combover and wears sweaters.’
    • ‘The cynic in me wonders about those screamers, knowing MTV auditioned for enthusiastic fans a few days before the event.’
    • ‘I think because of his personal style apparently, he's a screamer.’
    • ‘Anyway, the shouters and screamers lose their impact after a while.’
    • ‘In fact, he has always had a reputation as a straight shooter, a good boss, and not a screamer.’
    • ‘He has surprisingly done everything the unilateralist screamers assured us he would not do; namely, take every precautionary step the UN has asked him to take.’
    • ‘I mean, he's a screamer in some, well, screamo band, and he's good at it.’
    • ‘He always had been a screamer, a facemask grabber, a five-star curser, but in Tennessee he stood back.’
    • ‘I had listened to talk radio for many, many years before it was taken over by the cretinous screamers.’
    • ‘A current staffer says she ‘can be exacting, but she is not a screamer, not a diva type at all.’’
    • ‘His weakness would be that people perceive him as a screamer; actually he's a principled compromiser and that's the soul of a good politician.’
    • ‘He gave you hope that the future of sports-talk wasn't heading the way of screamers, suck-ups and sycophants.’
    • ‘As such, he confounds modern-day screamers on both the left and the right for whom the warrior code is unintelligible.’
    • ‘For a renowned screamer, his voice was in surprisingly good form on Tuesday.’
    • ‘‘I'm not in this business to win a popularity contest,’ the screamer fumed.’
    • ‘The screamer, whoever it was, sounded a little like Lynn.’
    • ‘Ten years old, and floodlit in front of 15,000 screamers, he will never know fear.’
    • ‘Oh, by the way, we normally crush the teams that have screamers and cursers for coaches.’
  • 2informal A thing remarkable for speed or impact.

    ‘he won a screamer of a 500 cc final’
    • ‘Provided that you can pickup the X850XT-PE, coupled with a fast system, you'll have a screamer of a gaming rig.’
    • ‘A rear engine 500 cc screamer with one central headlight, they sold 16,000 of them with the tin body but also quite a few woven ones.’
    • ‘It would also have turned an already peaky engine into a serious screamer and would have undoubtedly have required shorter gearing to make it work.’
    • ‘After all, that first-generation Pentium PC that seemed like such a screamer when you bought it probably went out in the inorganic collection several years ago.’
    1. 2.1 An extremely fast ball or shot.
      ‘he sent two screamers past the Oxford goalkeeper’
      • ‘They increased their lead after 50 minutes when John Butcher released a screamer of a shot that flew into the net from 20-yards out.’
      • ‘With very little back-lift, Pires hits a screamer.’
      • ‘Villa took a first minute lead when Seamus Kinsella ran on to a loose ball on the edge of the area and sent a screamer to the net.’
      • ‘Steven Gerrard sends a screamer blazing over the bar from a few yards outside the box.’
      • ‘The Wexford man, who is an air-traffic controller at Knock Airport, guided a screamer to the Tooreen net.’
      • ‘After the break it was only five minutes in when Graham Evans hit a screamer from the edge of the 18 yard box, which hit the post.’
      • ‘After a 40 metre solo he shot a screamer from 25 yards to the roof of the net.’
      • ‘Mark Watson made it four with a screamer from outside the penalty area.’
      • ‘Forrest, on for the injured Hawley, got forward from full back and hit a screamer from 26 yards.’
      • ‘Kranjcar's screamer from 25 yards hits the crossbar.’
      • ‘Both were long-range screamers that had the home crowd on its feet.’
      • ‘His screamer from 25 yards cracked in off the crossbar and put paid to any further resistance from the Villains.’
      • ‘Danny Murphy seems to be an 100% a game player, which is a valuable asset, I remember him scoring a couple of screamers past Leeds last season.’
      • ‘Hasselbaink scores goals wherever he plays and can be a good poacher or score 30-yard screamers.’
      • ‘A first biff blocked, he was undaunted as the rebound sat up for him to send a screamer into the top corner.’
      • ‘Meehan removed any doubt seven minutes later when he took a pass from Mullahy and raced through before burying a screamer in the bottom corner.’
      • ‘His surface-to-air screamer from about 10 yards was fisted clear by the goalkeeper.’
      • ‘Scott Severin won this match with a second-half screamer of a shot from 30 yards.’
      • ‘A real screamer, so long as it is a safe distance from goal, will be ungrudgingly applauded by opposition fans.’
      • ‘With good movement ahead of him creating the space, he cut through to inside the 21 before unleashing a screamer to the top right hand corner.’
    2. 2.2US A sensational or very large headline.
      ‘his death caused a front-page screamer’
      • ‘Curiously, they were the only newspaper to grasp this story, which splashed under one of their extremely long screamers NOW IT'S THE FRANKENFISH!’
      • ‘His column in the Times will appear under a screamer: ‘Athens bomb dropped: six into four won't go.’’
      feature, story, article, piece
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    3. 2.3dated A thing that causes screams of laughter.
      ‘the first time the play was performed it was a screamer’
      • ‘After a somewhat creepy beginning down on the farm, the film is just a screamer.’
  • 3A large goose-like South American waterbird with a short bill, a sharp bony spur on each wing, and a harsh honking call.

    • ‘The long toes may help screamers walk on emergent and submerged aquatic vegetation.’


  • two-pot screamer

    • informal A person who shows the effects of alcohol after drinking comparatively little.

      • ‘The PM-designate's election-night high-jinx ripped off his mask as a modest politician to expose a two-pot screamer.’
      • ‘Those who read my last article already know that I'm a two-pot screamer, so I didn't drink much.’
      • ‘However, I am what the Australians term a two-pot screamer.’
      • ‘The clues to Polynesian ancestry come from tracing two-pot screamers and from assuming that male and female ancestors came from different places.’