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
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 After reaching land, both Johnson and Weeks started to holler. Joe Friedrichs Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Indiana man's absence on holiday is piercing reminder of death in the BWCA," 26 Nov. 2020 Gathered in a conference room, the buyers hoot and holler as Crown signs the paperwork. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Visa’s $5 billion Plaid deal is in deep trouble," 6 Nov. 2020 Silence is golden, but cryptocurrency prefers to holler. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Is Silicon Valley almost too woke to function? Coinbase thinks so," 30 Sep. 2020 Anyone who would hoot and holler at Trump’s hyper-aggressive, faux-macho shouting, or his half-grasped interjections of lore from the Fox News Extended Universe (Burisma! Libby Watson, The New Republic, "He’s Lost Control," 29 Sep. 2020 The car can hoot and holler like a typical car alarm, but only if the user activates that feature. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Amazon Ring's New Security Cameras and Tech Protect Your Car (and You)," 25 Sep. 2020 The driver keeps cupping his hands around his mouth, megaphone- style, to holler at groups of girls who walk by. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "First Look: Becky Albertalli's," 10 Sep. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For two hours, the Spartans’ bench players hoot and holler and cheer on their teammates. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "How No. 4 Michigan State basketball is igniting on-court energy during 5-0 start," 8 Dec. 2020 If your child has specific medical requirements, please give me a holler. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "'Cobble Hill' Is Marie Claire's December Book Club Pick," 30 Nov. 2020 That was quite a victory holler at the end, what was going through your mind? Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'DWTS' winner Kaitlyn Bristowe gives update on dancing injuries, jokes about 'baby fever'," 24 Nov. 2020 Singer Jim James’ haunted, down from the holler falsetto was sometimes indecipherable. Keith Spera, NOLA.com, "Missing Voodoo Fest this weekend? Remember these highlights from years past," 30 Oct. 2020 In the 70′s, all was good in my Kentucky holler hood. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, "Tribute: Joe Morgan gave The Big Red Machine wings to fly," 13 Oct. 2020 There seems to be one around every bend in the road and down every holler. Jeremy Bradley, CBS News, "Preserving history during a pandemic," 19 Aug. 2020 The only surprise left in the modern convention was how long the evening would wear on, as audiences on a hair-trigger-to-holler interrupted with too much applause. John Dickerson, CBS News, "Setting the stage for the Democratic Party's unconventional convention," 16 Aug. 2020 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

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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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6 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Holler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holler. Accessed 20 Jan. 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



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