whoop


1whoop

verb \ˈhüp, ˈhp, ˈhwüp, ˈhwp, ˈwüp, ˈwp\

: to shout loudly in an enthusiastic or excited way

Full Definition of WHOOP

intransitive verb
1
:  to utter a whoop in expression of eagerness, enthusiasm, or enjoyment :  shout
2
:  to utter the cry of an owl :  hoot
3
:  to make the characteristic whoop of whooping cough
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>
transitive verb
1
a :  to utter or express with a whoop
b :  to urge, drive, or cheer on with a whoop
2
:  to agitate in behalf of
3
:  raise, boost <whoop up the price>
whoop it up
1
:  to celebrate riotously :  carouse
2
:  to stir up enthusiasm

Examples of WHOOP

  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

2whoop

noun

: a high, loud sound expressing enthusiasm or excitement

Full Definition of WHOOP

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
:  the cry of an owl :  hoot
3
:  the crowing intake of breath following a paroxysm in whooping cough
4
:  a minimum amount or degree :  the least bit <not worth a whoop>

Examples of WHOOP

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

First Known Use of WHOOP

14th century

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: whoop–de–do
Previous Word in the Dictionary: whoo–hoo
All Words Near: whoop

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up whoop? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).