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
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

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


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.


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

Sean Keller hollered to a crowd of 200 people at the bar Franklin Hall on Friday night. Terry Nguyen, Washington Post, "When your friends are so desperate to get you a date that they resort to PowerPoint," 27 June 2019 DeAngelo hollered and cursed when Gorman, then a child, played too close to the slat fence between their yards. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "The Man in the Window: Closing in on DeAngelo (Part Four)," 23 June 2019 Video of the attack, which was shared on social media, showed Booker being beaten as the crowd hollered and watched. Washington Post, "Man arrested in deaths of Dallas transgender woman, 2 others," 12 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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The first known use of holler was in 1592

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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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