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A glass growler (jug for beer).


growl +‎ -er


  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɹaʊlə/
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  • Rhymes: -aʊlə(r)


growler (plural growlers)

  1. A person, creature or thing that growls.
  2. (historical, slang) A horse-drawn cab with four wheels.
    • 1883 October 16, London Daily Telegraph:
      He had evidently studied the driver of a London growler, and produced a good sound readable type of man.
    • 1887, A. Conan Doyle, chapter 7, in A Study in Scarlet:
      The ordinary London growler is considerably less wide than a gentleman's brougham.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 254:
      Lew pulled his socks from a jacket pocket, grabbed his own shoes, and together they proceeded to the street and into a growler, and were off.
  3. A small iceberg or ice floe which is barely visible over the surface of the water.
    • 2002, Joseph O'Connor, Star of the Sea, Vintage 2003, p. 152:
      A great ‘growler’ iceberg was sighted this afternoon at a distance of approximately half a mile; the size of a large London house, more or less.
    • 2007, Matthew Taylor, The Guardian, 24 November 2007 [1]:
      As the cruise ship Explorer was picking its way through the Antarctic sea ice, it hit what experts believe was a "growler" - a huge iceberg shorn from the Antarctic ice shelf.
  4. (informal, Canada, US, Australia) A kind of jug used to carry beer (in current usage, a 2-liter or 64-ounce container with or without a handle; sometimes extended to similarly shaped 32-ounce jug, but not bottles).
    • 1940, Eugene O'Neill, The Iceman Cometh, Act 1
      [] their favoring breeze has the stink of nickel whiskey on its breath, and their sea is a growler of lager and ale []
    • 2002, Louis M. Soletsky, 100 Years of Medicine, iUniverse, →ISBN, page 104:
      This container was a round lidded tin with a handle and was colloquially called a growler. [] to get daddy or mommy a growler of beer, which was, by the way, approximately a quart.
  5. (dialectal, Britain, Yorkshire) A pork pie.
    • 2008, Christina McDermott, The Guardian, 22 August 2008 [2]:
      Now, on first impression, a pork pie - or a ‘growler’ if you're from Yorkshire - looks like a delicious snack.
  6. (Britain, slang) The vulva.
    • 2007, Cesca Martin, Agony Angel, Troubadour Publishing 2007, pp. 125-6:
      On our first meeting he'd asked me if I dyed my hair. I told him I did and his follow up[sic] question had been the much under rated[sic], "What colour's your growler then?"
  7. (US, dialectal) A fish of the perch family, abundant in North American rivers, so named from the sound it emits.