howler vs riot what difference

what is difference between howler and riot

English

Etymology

howl +‎ -er. Some senses are derivatives of the intensifier “howling”, as in “howling wilderness”, (Deuteronomy 32:10)

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈhaʊlɚ/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈhaʊlə/
  • Rhymes: -aʊlə(ɹ)
  • Hyphenation: howl‧er

Noun

howler (plural howlers)

  1. That which howls, especially an animal such as a wolf or a howler monkey.
  2. (historical) A person hired to howl at a funeral.
  3. (slang) A painfully obvious mistake.
    • 1993, Paul Krugman, How I Work, October 1 1993, in: Paul Krugman, Arguing with Zombies, 2020, p. 402:
      Given what we know about cognitive psychology, utility maximization is a ludicrous concept; equilibrium pretty foolish outside of financial markets; perfect competition a howler for most industries.
    • 2009, Tom Burton, Quadrant, November 2009, No. 461 (Volume LIII, Number 11), Quadrant Magazine Limited, page 78:
      A howler is a glaring mistake, a mistake that cries out to be noticed.
  4. (slang) A hilarious joke.
  5. (slang) A bitterly cold day.
  6. (psychology) A person who expresses aggression openly in the form of threats.
    Coordinate term: hunter
    • 2008, J. Reid Meloy, Lorraine Sheridan, Jens Hoffmann, Stalking, Threatening, and Attacking Public Figures (page 121)
      Although their behavior does not have the same impact as hunters, howlers nevertheless distract the public figure and compel security and law enforcement []
    • 2015, Steve Albrecht, Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities
      Hunters stalk their targets, make detailed plans, acquire and practice with weapons, and try to hurt or kill people. Howlers make bomb threats to schools, malls, churches, businesses, and government offices.
  7. (sometimes figuratively) A heavy fall.
  8. (slang) A serious accident (especially to come a howler or go a howler; compare come a cropper).
    Our hansom came a howler.
  9. (slang) A tremendous lie; a whopper.
  10. (slang, dated) A fashionably but extravagantly overdressed man, a “howling swell”.
  11. (historical) A 32-ounce ceramic, plastic, or stainless steel jug used to transport draft beer.

Derived terms

  • calamity howler

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References

Anagrams

  • Wohler, wholer


English

Etymology

From Middle English riot (debauched living, dissipation), from Old French riote (debate), from rioter (to quarrel), perhaps related to riboter or from Latin rugio (I roar).

Compare French riotte and Occitan riòta.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹaɪ.ɪt/
  • (weak vowel merger) IPA(key): /ˈɹaɪ.ət/
  • Rhymes: -aɪət
  • Homophone: ryot

Noun

riot (countable and uncountable, plural riots)

  1. Wanton or unrestrained behavior; uproar; tumult.
  2. The tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by an unlawful assembly of three or more persons in the execution of some private object.
  3. (figuratively) A wide and unconstrained variety.
  4. (colloquial, uncountable) A humorous or entertaining event or person.
  5. (obsolete) Excessive and expensive feasting; wild and loose festivity; revelry.

Derived terms

  • rioter
  • riotous
  • run riot
  • riot boosting

Translations

Verb

riot (third-person singular simple present riots, present participle rioting, simple past and past participle rioted)

  1. (intransitive) To create or take part in a riot; to raise an uproar or sedition.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To act in an unrestrained or wanton manner; to indulge in excess of feasting, luxury, etc.
  3. (transitive) To cause to riot; to throw into a tumult.
  4. (transitive) To annoy.

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Further reading

  • Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.

Anagrams

  • Tori, Troi, roti, tiro, tori, trio

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