give a hoot

Definition of give a hoot

informal

  1. :  to care at all about someone or something —used in negative statements I don't give a hoot about what they say. I don't give two hoots about his problems.

Word by Word Definitions

giveplay
  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

  1. :  capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain :  flexibility

    :  the ability of a material to bend or stretch

hootplay
  1. :  to shout or laugh usually derisively

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

    :  to make a loud clamorous mechanical sound

  1. :  a sound of hooting

    :  the cry of an owl

    :  a minimum amount or degree :  the least bit

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


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