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whoop

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verb \ˈhüp, ˈhu̇p, ˈhwüp, ˈhwu̇p, ˈwüp, ˈwu̇p\

Simple Definition of whoop

  • : to shout loudly in an enthusiastic or excited way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of whoop

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to utter a whoop in expression of eagerness, enthusiasm, or enjoyment :  shout

  3. 2 :  to utter the cry of an owl :  hoot

  4. 3 :  to make the characteristic whoop of whooping cough

  5. 4 a :  to go or pass with a loud noise b :  to be rushed through by acclamation or with noisy support <the bill whooped through both houses>

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 a :  to utter or express with a whoop b :  to urge, drive, or cheer on with a whoop

  8. 2 :  to agitate in behalf of

  9. 3 :  raise, boost <whoop up the price>

whoop it up
  1. 1 :  to celebrate riotously :  carouse

  2. 2 :  to stir up enthusiasm

Examples of whoop in a sentence

  1. The children whooped with joy at the sight of all the presents.



Origin of whoop

Middle English whopen, houpen, from Anglo-French huper, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 14th century


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whoop

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Simple Definition of whoop

  • : a high, loud sound expressing enthusiasm or excitement

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of whoop

  1. 1 a :  a loud yell expressive of eagerness, exuberance, or jubilation —often used interjectionally b :  a shout of hunters or of men in battle or pursuit

  2. 2 :  the cry of an owl :  hoot

  3. 3 :  the crowing intake of breath following a paroxysm in whooping cough

  4. 4 :  a minimum amount or degree :  the least bit <not worth a whoop>

Examples of whoop in a sentence

  1. <let out a whoop of joy>

  2. <he acts so rudely that I doubt he gives a whoop about other people's feelings>



14th Century

First Known Use of whoop

14th century



WHOOP Defined for Kids

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whoop

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verb \ˈhüp, ˈhu̇p\

Definition of whoop for Students

whoopedwhooping

  1. 1 :  to shout or cheer loudly and strongly <“It's the men from camp,” the judge said. “They're searching for us.” We started whooping. — Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows>

  2. 2 :  to make the high-pitched gasping sound that follows a coughing attack in whooping cough




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Definition of whoop for Students

  1. :  a loud strong shout or cheer




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