hol·​ler | \ ˈhä-lər How to pronounce holler (audio) \
hollered; hollering\ ˈhäl-​riŋ How to pronounce holler (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
2 : complaint
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 People will bang on their car horns and people will holler. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Apr. 2021 On Friday, fans were doing all the things that their cardboard selves couldn’t — holler, take selfies, buy caps with holograms on them, wait in line for the rest room and drink themselves hazy on IPAs. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Apr. 2021 The restaurant’s name was inspired by street food vendors who famously holler at passers-by to hawk their small plate dishes throughout China, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, 18 Mar. 2021 This is the moment when most visitors—myself among them—like to hoot and holler and wave their arms out the sunroof. Charles Graeber, Travel + Leisure, 6 Mar. 2021 The crowd, which included reporters who had been tipped to his presence, began to holler, whistle and stomp. Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2021 After reaching land, both Johnson and Weeks started to holler. Joe Friedrichs Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 26 Nov. 2020 Gathered in a conference room, the buyers hoot and holler as Crown signs the paperwork. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 6 Nov. 2020 Silence is golden, but cryptocurrency prefers to holler. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, 30 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The resulting film divided audiences, to say the least, but for anyone attuned to the rhythms and timbre of Sorkin’s cinematic voice, The Trial of the Chicago 7 was a bolder-than-expected holler in support of defiant protest. Joe Reid, Vulture, 21 Apr. 2021 Sitting on a park bench as his students whoop and holler near a pier, Mikkelsen’s history professor tentatively starts doing a two-step. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 15 Apr. 2021 Julian spent hard days in that holler, fixing things with chewing gum and string, so to speak, while his children played on the grounds. Chanslor Gallenstein, National Review, 27 Feb. 2021 But that holler is where Pappy Van Winkle rose from the ashes. Chanslor Gallenstein, National Review, 27 Feb. 2021 For two hours, the Spartans’ bench players hoot and holler and cheer on their teammates. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 8 Dec. 2020 If your child has specific medical requirements, please give me a holler. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, 30 Nov. 2020 That was quite a victory holler at the end, what was going through your mind? Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 24 Nov. 2020 Singer Jim James’ haunted, down from the holler falsetto was sometimes indecipherable. Keith Spera, NOLA.com, 30 Oct. 2020

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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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“Holler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holler. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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



Kids Definition of holler (Entry 2 of 2)

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