holler

verb
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

holler

noun

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

holler

Definition of holler (Entry 3 of 3)

chiefly dialectal variant of

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Synonyms & Antonyms for holler

Synonyms: Verb

beef, bellyache, bitch, bleat, carp, caterwaul, complain, crab, croak, fuss, gripe, grizzle, grouch, grouse, growl, grumble, grump, inveigh, keen, kick, kvetch, maunder [chiefly British], moan, murmur, mutter, nag, repine, scream, squawk, squeal, wail, whimper, whine, whinge [British], yammer, yawp (or yaup), yowl

Synonyms: Noun

cry, hoot, howl, shout, whoop, yell, yowl

Antonyms: Verb

crow, delight, rejoice

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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

Lou Reed is playing on the sound system and a call of Brits is hooting and hollering for their friend’s first runway turn in New York. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Making of Tomo Koizumi’s NYFW Debut," 9 Feb. 2019 My father, at 86 healthier than my mom but nearly deaf, is hollering up the stairs to me about something. Jill Gleeson, Good Housekeeping, "I Don’t Need Meditation Apps. I Need Real, Genuine Solitude.," 14 Jan. 2019 Taking away health insurance from people with pre-existing conditions, Pam Bondi!’’ one protester hollered. Mary Jordan, BostonGlobe.com, "Shaming and shunning of public officials is no longer off limits," 25 June 2018 Soon, the entire View studio was covered with it, and the audience was hugging and hollering as if Spears were their best friend. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Why Am I Still Thinking About How The View Celebrated Britney Spears' Divorce?," 28 Nov. 2018 After each frenzied remark, clapping and hollering tore through the room. Gavin Grimm, Teen Vogue, "Gavin Grimm on Turning His Fight Into a Conversation for All Transgender Youth," 27 Aug. 2018 People were jumping up and down, screaming and hollering, honking their horns. Jennifer Bogo, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of Apollo 11," 17 July 2018 Jimenez then walked away, hollering an expletive and a racist word. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "A man tore off a teen’s ‘Make America Great Again’ hat and threw a soda in his face, police say," 6 July 2018 Having an instructor hollering at me, loud music pumping, and others around me to compete with are crucial for my motivation. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Peloton’s $2,000 stationary bike has totally disrupted working out at home," 14 Nov. 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 and Noun

alteration of hollo

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The first known use of holler was in 1592

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holler

verb

English Language Learners Definition of holler

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

holler

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