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 The sight in the sky was worth whooping and hollering about for the company, for obvious reasons. BostonGlobe.com, "“Yeeeee-hawwww!” employees of Sunday River said. “#letitsnow.”," 4 Oct. 2019 With the fans screaming, and security personnel coming onto the field, several Yankees were hollering from the dugout, engaging in a close-up argument with first base ump Phil Cuzzi. Ben Walker, courant.com, "Boone, Gardner, Yanks hammer umps in 6-5 win over Indians," 17 Aug. 2019 During Thursday’s practice in the searing Southern heat, Mayo was hooting and hollering during warmups, firing up the players and reminding them that performing under such conditions would be as much a mental test as a physical one. Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, "Jerod Mayo proving a perfect fit on Patriots’ staff," 17 Aug. 2019 Abi Muzaale and more than a hundred other fans at the Five and Dime Ale House in Hampden threw their hands in the air, clapped, hooted and hollered as time expired and the 2-0 victory became official. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Fans in Baltimore, around the world cheer on 'amazingly talented' U.S. Women's team to fourth World Cup victory," 7 July 2019 Being an avid UConn women's basketball fan, there was always lots of whooping and hollering on game day. courant.com, "Lillian Tanguay," 15 Sep. 2019 That's 95 million hollering hot heads spewing defamatory drivel. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Road rage is on the rise. Here's how to survive these dangerous encounters.," 10 Sep. 2019 Kutaisi, Georgia’s third-largest city, is a feisty, charmingly ramshackle warren packed with honking Ladas and hollering street vendors. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Ryanair's Cheap Flights to Georgia Will Change Travel to the Country," 6 Sep. 2019 The onlookers rose to their feet, cheering wildly, as a stream of grinning, hollering, or serious-faced young people cantered past. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Country might have come out of the hollers and cotton fields and dusty plains, but it was shaped by records and radio, movies and television. Los Angeles Times, "On TV, country is the soundtrack to the American dream," 13 Sep. 2019 Inspired by a nifty tongue pop thingie Edwards is known for doing, the San Francisco chef made a series of dishes to the hoots and hollers of the crowd. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Outside Lands: Drag queen Alyssa Edwards slams spicy margaritas with chef Melissa King," 9 Aug. 2019 Hoot and holler in England’s 1940s railway tunnel Tunnels are lots of fun to shout in, as any toddler will readily demonstrate, but here is one whose sound is particularly unusual. Trevor Cox, National Geographic, "15 musical wonders to see—and hear," 31 July 2019 Internet-video Trump enthusiasts Diamond (Lynnette Hardaway) and Silk (Rochelle Richardson) entered the meeting room to hoots and hollers. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "Inside the Women for Trump kickoff, where the president appears to have no problems with female voters," 16 July 2019 The Alps came through the clubhouse door to a mild effusion of hollers and hellos from the handful of patrons already ensconced. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 Regardless, riders will nab a gentle incline, followed by a flowing downhill that is sure to leave a few hoots and hollers in the wind. Heather Balogh Rochfort, The Know, "Mountain biking trails that’ll get you home in time for dinner," 13 June 2019 Fans can’t get enough of the scream, quickly turning it into a Twitter meme and a Reddit joke, with everyone pretty much agreeing that with just one gut-wrenching holler, Streep earned herself an Emmy nod. Melissa Locker, Time, "Everyone Is Screaming for Meryl Streep's Big Little Lies Scream," 10 June 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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19 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for holler

The first known use of holler was in 1592

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How to pronounce holler (audio)

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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