holler

verb
hol·ler | \ˈhä-lər \
hollered; hollering\ˈhäl-riŋ, 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

holler

noun

Definition of holler (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : shout, cry give a holler if you need any help

2 : complaint

3 : a freely improvised work song of black Americans field hollers

holler

Definition of holler (Entry 3 of 3)

chiefly dialectal variant of

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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

Jimenez then walked away, hollering an expletive and a racist word. Kristine Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Man accused of taking teen's 'Make America Great Again' hat and throwing soda in his face faces theft charge," 7 July 2018 Eggy’s mom and his brothers, the guy who sold pinchos around the corner from the front gate, a bunch of street kids, some viejas who lived a couple buildings over, everybody rowdy, hollering, shoving each other. Longreads, "La Otra," 26 June 2018 While Kemp carped about Gibson’s zone after the third out, Turner and others hollered at the umpire from the bench. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers settle for split in doubleheader with Cubs," 20 June 2018 How could anyone feel so confident hollering that in the middle of a store? Jeneé Osterheldt, kansascity, "I witnessed the seeds of bullying and hatred," 18 Feb. 2013 One sure sign the celebrity tournament in Stateline, Nev., is really not serious: The most enduring image of last year’s edition was Dell Curry leaping into chilly Lake Tahoe, with his famous son (and Justin Timberlake) hooting and hollering nearby. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Stephen Curry, Mark Mulder and celebrity wagers highlight celebrity tournament," 12 July 2018 A few feet away, sitting on a set of bleachers under the basket, Miles Bridges hooted and hollered. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Nick Ward hopes to take game to 'different level' in return to Michigan State basketball," 30 June 2018 Austin slammed his bat on the plate, threw it down and took four steps toward the mound while hollering. CBS News, "Yankees and Red Sox exchange punches at Fenway," 12 Apr. 2018 Austin slammed his bat on the plate, threw it down and took four steps toward the mound while hollering. Kyle Hightower, baltimoresun.com, "Yankees, Red Sox fight at Fenway as New York ends Boston's nine-game winning streak, 10-7," 11 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

A few dozen current and former journalists from the Capital Gazette — some with tears in their eyes — marched down Main Street to the sound of supportive whistles, hollers and applause. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Annapolis Independence Day parade honors freedom of the press, especially for The Capital," 5 July 2018 Ed shouted from the stern: Jason, you better holler for somebody. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 The 29-year-old singer took to Twitter on Monday (June 18) to give a holler to Post Malone and Lana Del Rey. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "Kacey Musgraves Wants 'Countrified' Collaborations With Post Malone & Lana Del Rey," 19 June 2018 After the drop, the ride takes off for a delightful, spinning romp through the Ozarks holler. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Silver Dollar City's Time Traveler coaster review," 1 Apr. 2018 Hey man, tell Bruce to come holler at me after the season. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals' Brice Butler 'going to prove' he is worthy of being team's No. 2 WR," 10 June 2018 Coming home after a year in Vietnam — heck, surviving a year in Vietnam — was reason for the soldiers to holler. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Veterans get early Memorial Day thank-you for their service," 24 May 2018 The one populated by pale people who live shortened days in the hollers, where the air and forest are thick and heavy. New York Times, "A Novel of Kentucky Noir, So Humane It’s Bathed in Light," 23 May 2018 The driver revs his engine, and his passenger yips and hollers, standing tall, waving a high-powered flashlight at the bear. Eva Holland, Smithsonian, "Where the Doomed, Beloved Polar Bear Is Still a Dangerous Predator," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of holler

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for holler

Verb

alteration of hollo

Noun

see holler entry 1

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27 Aug 2018

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Time Traveler for holler

The first known use of holler was in 1592

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More Definitions for holler

holler

verb

English Language Learners Definition of holler

: to call out loudly

: to make loud or angry complaints

holler

verb
hol·ler | \ˈhä-lər \
hollered; hollering

Kids Definition of holler

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cry out : shout

holler

noun

Kids Definition of holler (Entry 2 of 2)

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