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hoot

noun

Definition of HOOT

1
a loud vocal expression of strong emotion <the courtroom erupted in hoots of laughter upon hearing the witness's sarcastic retort>
Synonyms cry, holler, hoot, howl, whoop, yell, yowl
Near Antonyms mumble, murmur, mutter; gasp, whimper, whisper
2
a vocal sound made to express scorn or disapproval <he ignored the hoots and jeers coming from the back of the crowd and kept on speaking>
Synonyms bird [chiefly British], boo, Bronx cheer, hiss, hoot, jeer, raspberry, razz, snort
Related Words smirk, sneer, snicker, snigger; gibe (or jibe), put-down, taunt; whistle
Near Antonyms applause, clapping
Antonyms cheer
3
the smallest amount or part imaginable <I don't give a hoot whether you want to go or not—you're going>
Synonyms beans, bubkes (also bupkes or bupkus), continental, damn, darn (also durn), diddly [slang], diddly-squat [slang], doodley-squat (or doodly-squat), fig, ghost, hoot, iota, lick, modicum, rap, squat [slang], syllable, tittle, whit, whoop
4
someone or something that is very funny <that stand-up comic is a hoot all right, if endless bathroom jokes propel you into paroxysms of laughter>
Near Antonyms bummer, downer

March 30, 2015
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