hol·​ler | \ ˈhä-lər How to pronounce holler (audio) \
hollered; hollering\ ˈhäl-​riŋ How to pronounce hollering (audio) , ˈhä-​lə-​ \

Definition of holler

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to cry out (as to attract attention or in pain) : shout hollering for help
2 : gripe, complain will always holler about tax increases

transitive verb

: to call out (a word or phrase) hollering her daughter's name



Definition of holler (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : shout, cry give a holler if you need any help
3 : an African American work song freely improvised usually in terms of the particular occupation of the moment and often without words a cornfield holler


Definition of holler (Entry 3 of 3)

chiefly dialectal variant of

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Synonyms & Antonyms for holler

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of holler in a Sentence

Verb He was hollering across the fields to his workers. They were screaming and hollering at each other all night. She hollered across the street, “Did you hear the news?”. Someone was hollering my name. People always holler about tax increases. Noun heard a holler from somewhere in the woods and ran toward it there didn't seem to be a thermostat setting that wouldn't bring a holler from somebody
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But instead of basking in thunderous applause and hollers from adoring fans, Kim loped across home plate to a smattering of claps from a few dozen reporters and league employees. Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times, "Missing Major League Baseball? Here’s Korean baseball to the rescue," 5 May 2020 Before the argument, Biden was greeted by hundreds of hooting-and-hollering IBEW members excited to meet the Democratic frontrunner. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Rallies canceled and live debate audience called off amid coronavirus outbreak," 10 Mar. 2020 Following the win, the 22 good-luck charms, wearing their sons’ jerseys, formed a tunnel in the hallway outside the Bruins’ dressing room and whooped and hollered as their boys headed to the bus. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins make their moms happy with big win over Predators," 8 Jan. 2020 Men on horseback whooped and hollered while dogs scampered back and forth. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yurts, Eagle Hunters and Rugged Solitude in Kyrgyzstan," 12 Oct. 2019 Before puck drop, fans hollered for faces old (including Brown, Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, Jonathan Quick) and new (namely, McLellan) as they were introduced on the video board. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Alex Iafallo’s late goal lifts Kings to home-opening win over Predators," 12 Oct. 2019 In front of New Hope Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, supporters of President Donald Trump hollered for his reelection. Laurie Kellman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Impeachment tests Democrats’ foothold in swing districts," 7 Oct. 2019 Last night, across Britain, people stood on their doorsteps at 8 P.M. to clap, beat saucepans, and generally holler their support for the country’s doctors and health-care workers. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Boris Johnson May Be a Victim of His Slow Response to the Coronavirus," 27 Mar. 2020 Way too many of them, people who could not have been alive, hollered in response, caught up in the moment. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Garth Brooks has friends in low places: Star returns to Sanford dive bar for intimate show," 17 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But until recently, few private owners were interested in turning their garage queens into something that could run up a mountain and back down into the holler. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "These Lifted 911s are Perfect for an Off-Road Adventure," 16 May 2020 The placards in the seats used to resemble fans didn’t hoot and holler in excitement. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Detroit Tigers shine on unusual Opening Day in Korea: How they fared," 5 May 2020 Rose-Hamblin and three colleagues celebrated with hugs and hollers in the spacious theater at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago retains unlikely national hazy IPA crown with gold medal for Old Irving Brewing," 24 Sep. 2019 In 1883, a Scottish immigrant named James Carsen set up a humble distillery in a Kentucky holler. Jake Tuck, The New Yorker, "Honest Founder Narratives," 16 Jan. 2020 In a later scene, men who wish Howard harm try to physically escape, then holler at Howard in choral fashion, while Howard declines to let them out. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "‘Uncut Gems’ and Its Exquisitely Harrowing Soundscape," 15 Dec. 2019 It’s holiday time in the hollers of Appalachia, and Walt Michael & Co. are breaking up Christmas! Judy Morley, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Coming Attractions: Motown & More, Walt Michael holiday concerts set; Festival of Wreaths wrapping up at Arts Center," 4 Dec. 2019 The few hundred Cliftonians let up a holler in Sections 109, 110 and 114 when their man made it 5-1 in the third period with a shot from the point. BostonGlobe.com, "NEWARK — The Bruins’ bus for the airport was scheduled to leave, and Connor Clifton was hustling to catch it.," 20 Nov. 2019 Hoots and hollers from fans will surely greet the episode’s big reveal of who (or what) the target is. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "With a swagger in his step, ‘The Mandalorian’ is here to collect his fee. Better pay up.," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of holler


1592, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for holler

Verb and Noun

alteration of hollo

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Time Traveler for holler

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The first known use of holler was in 1592

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3 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Holler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holler. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of holler

chiefly US, informal
: to call out loudly
: to make loud or angry complaints


hol·​ler | \ ˈhä-lər How to pronounce holler (audio) \
hollered; hollering

Kids Definition of holler

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cry out : shout



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