a four-wheeled cab; thus its driver; also attrib.
|Bucks Herald 24 Oct. 4/6: He calls a Hansom a ‘shofle,’ and his own vehicle is known as a ‘growler’.|
|Sl. Dict. 183: Growler a four-wheeled cab. It is generally supposed that drivers of these vehicles take a less favourable view of life than do their Hansom brethren.|
|Living London (1883) May 150: A great deal more might be said in disparagement of the ‘growler,’ which is only the old hackney-coach writ small.in|
|Sporting Times 1 Feb. 3/2: I resolved to cross Africa in a GROWLER!|
|Harper’s Mag. 87 July 307/2: In London, for example, the four-wheel cab is called a growler; — why?|
|Lancs. Eve. Post 17 May 2/6: The driver of a four-wheeler is a ‘growler’.|
|Punch 31 Jan. 81/2: I want to leave the van and go / Home comfortably in a growler.|
|Illus. Sporting & Dramatic News 21 Nov. 10/3: The steed which has become to slow for a ‘sho’ful,’ as the hansom is termed [...] has to come down to ‘growler’ work.|
|City Of The World 273: You might make nearly half as much at it [...] as you would if you went in for being a clerk or driving one o’ them there has-been growlers.|
|Truth (Sydney) 29 Dec. 9/3: I could never drive a Growler / (Which goes on 4 wheels, you see).|
|(con. 1920s) Burglar to the Nobility 28: A motor-car [...] going quite fast through the hansom cabs and growlers and bicycles.|
a cab driver.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
to hire a cab to accompany one on a ‘pub-crawl’.
|Dundee Courier 2 Jan. 5/6: ‘What ails that man?’ [...] ‘Worked the growler,’ was the explanation.|
|DSUE (1984) 508: [...] late C.19–20.|