from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who growls.
  • noun A certain fish: same as grunt, 2.
  • noun A four-wheeled cab.
  • noun A vessel, as a pitcher, jug, pail, or can, brought by a customer for beer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who growls.
  • noun (Zoöl.), Local The large-mouthed black bass.
  • noun Slang, Eng. A four-wheeled cab.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person, creature or thing that growls.
  • noun historical, slang A cab with four wheels.
  • noun A small iceberg or ice floe which is barely visible over the surface of the water.
  • noun informal A kind of jug used to carry beer.
  • noun dialect A Yorkshire term for a pork pie.
  • noun UK, slang The vulva.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a speaker whose voice sounds like a growl
  • noun a small iceberg or ice floe just large enough to be hazardous for shipping


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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 .]

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From growl.


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  • An Australian friend giggled when this came up in a conversation. Apparently it's slang for cunnilingus there, but I never found out why she was giggling! ;)

    December 21, 2007

  • Never heard it. Obviously I don't get (give?) enough.

    December 21, 2007

  • Also a vessel for fetching beer, a small iceberg, and a clarence.

    December 21, 2007

  • Mollusque, I must have missed this page four months ago. I just read the following in a book, and flagged this word as having a meaning I was unaware of:

    "A rough, kindly old laboring man was this uncle who sat in his snug parlor in his shirt sleeves during our stay, sent one of the children to the corner for a growler of beer, and told us bluntly we were idiots to think of shipping on a whaling voyage."

    --Walter Noble Burns, A Year with a Whaler, 4

    April 28, 2008

  • Bon Voyage, c_b.

    April 28, 2008

  • Oh yes--one of the many microbreweries in my area will gladly send you home with a growler of beer, if you're so inclined. :-)

    April 28, 2008

  • Slang for a bottom burp where I come from.

    June 5, 2008

  • "Every now and then a 'viper' or 'growler'—a whitewater curler on top of a wave that pops the bow with the speed of a striking snake—would hit the bow. To give the crew warning, Andy, who could see clearly over the bow into the oncoming seas, shouted over the loudhailer, 'Move! Watch out! Watch out!' And the crew ducked and held on."

    —Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand with Malcolm MacPherson, Time Bandit: Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World's Deadliest Jobs,

    June 22, 2008

  • Another usage, as a horse-drawn conveyance, on barouche.

    October 22, 2008

  • See also clarence.

    October 22, 2008

  • It's a fish.

    January 2, 2012

  • A growler is a small iceberg that only has less than 3.3 feet of ice showing above the water, according to the National Snow & Ice Data Center.

    June 29, 2022