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hoot

play
verb \ˈhüt\

Simple Definition of hoot

  • of an owl : to make a hoot

  • of a horn : to make a loud sound

  • : to cause (a horn) to hoot

Full Definition of hoot

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to shout or laugh usually derisively

  3. 2 :  to make the natural throat noise of an owl or a similar cry

  4. 3 :  to make a loud clamorous mechanical sound

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to assail or drive out by hooting <hooted down the speaker>

  7. 2 :  to express or utter with hoots <hooted their disapproval>

Examples of hoot

  1. We could hear an owl hooting in the woods.

  2. I hooted at the car in front of me.

  3. The crowd booed and hooted when it was announced that the show was canceled.

  4. The crowd hooted its disapproval.

  5. The speaker was hooted off the platform by a small group of protesters.



Origin of hoot

Middle English houten, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 13th century


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hoot

noun

Simple Definition of hoot

  • : the loud, deep sound made by an owl; also : a similar loud, deep sound

  • : a loud laugh or call made by a person

  • : an amusing person or thing

Full Definition of hoot

  1. 1 :  a sound of hooting; especially :  the cry of an owl

  2. 2 :  a minimum amount or degree :  the least bit <don't give a hoot>

  3. 3 :  something or someone amusing <the play is a real hoot>

hooty play \ˈhü-tē\ adjective

Examples of hoot

  1. The announcement was met with hoots of derision.

  2. <the courtroom erupted in hoots of laughter upon hearing the witness's sarcastic retort>



15th Century

First Known Use of hoot

15th century


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hoot

play
interjection \ˈhüt\

Definition of hoot

chiefly Scottish

  1. —used to express impatience, dissatisfaction, or objection



Variants of hoot

or hoots play \ˈhüts\

Origin of hoot

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1540



HOOT Defined for Kids

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hoot

play
verb \ˈhüt\

Definition of hoot

hoot·edhoot·ing

  1. 1 :  to utter a loud shout or laugh <… Henry hooted as Scooter sheepishly untangled himself from his bicycle. — Beverly Cleary, Henry Huggins>

  2. 2 :  to make the noise of an owl or a similar cry

  3. 3 :  to express by hoots <The crowd hooted disapproval.>




2

hoot

play
noun

Definition of hoot

  1. 1 :  the sound made by an owl

  2. 2 :  a loud laugh or shout

  3. 3 :  the least bit <She doesn't care a hoot about sports.>





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