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

  • n. One that screams, especially one that sings harshly or stridently.
  • n. Slang A sensational headline.
  • n. Slang One that evokes screams or laughter: The comedian's act is a real screamer.
  • n. Slang An exclamation point.
  • n. Baseball A hard-hit line drive.
  • n. Any of several large aquatic birds of the family Anhimidae, of South America, that have a harsh resonant call.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who screams; one who shouts; one who sings harshly.
  • n. Any bird in the taxonomic family Anhimidae, endemic to South America, being large, bulky birds with a small downy head, long legs and large feet.
  • n. Something exceptionally good.
  • n. A difficult catch.
  • n. A very hard hit.
  • n. A particularly high mark (clean catch of a kicked ball).
  • n. a powerful shot.
  • n. A very large wave.
  • n. A video that unexpectedly frightens the viewer by cutting to a loud scream and disturbing image.
  • n. An effeminate gay man; a man who is obviously gay (homosexual).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of three species of South American birds constituting the family Anhimidæ, and the suborder Palamedeæ. They have two spines on each wing, and the head is either crested or horned. They are easily tamed, and then serve as guardians for other poultry. The crested screamers, or chajas, belong to the genus Chauna. The horned screamer, or kamichi, is Palamedea cornuta.
  • n. Something so remarkable as to provoke a scream, as of joy.
  • n. An exclamation mark.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which screams.
  • n. In ornithology, specifically, one of several different birds.
  • n. Something very great, excellent, or exciting; a thing that attracts the attention or draws forth screams of astonishment, delight, etc.; a whacker; a bouncer.
  • n. Specifically, in golf, an unusually long shot.
  • n. The exclamation-point (!).
  • n. A heading in unusually bold type.

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

  • n. a very hard hit ball
  • n. a sensational newspaper headline
  • n. someone who communicates vocally in a very loud voice
  • n. gooselike aquatic bird of South America having a harsh trumpeting call


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  • Any of several South American birds of the family Anhimidae, having a harsh, trumpeting call.

    February 8, 2008