\ ˈhüt How to pronounce hoot (audio) \
hooted; hooting; hoots

Definition of hoot

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to shout or laugh usually derisively
2 : to make the natural throat noise of an owl or a similar cry
3 : to make a loud clamorous mechanical sound

transitive verb

1 : to assail or drive out by hooting hooted down the speaker
2 : to express or utter with hoots hooted their disapproval



Definition of hoot (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a sound of hooting especially : the cry of an owl
2 : a minimum amount or degree : the least bit don't give a hoot
3 : something or someone amusing the play is a real hoot
\ ˈhüt How to pronounce hoot (audio) \
variants: or hoots \ ˈhüts How to pronounce hoot (audio) \

Definition of hoot (Entry 3 of 3)

chiefly Scotland
used to express impatience, dissatisfaction, or objection

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hooty \ ˈhü-​tē How to pronounce hoot (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for hoot

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of hoot in a Sentence

Verb We could hear an owl hooting in the woods. I hooted at the car in front of me. The crowd booed and hooted when it was announced that the show was canceled. The crowd hooted its disapproval. The speaker was hooted off the platform by a small group of protesters. Noun The announcement was met with hoots of derision. the courtroom erupted in hoots of laughter upon hearing the witness's sarcastic retort to the lawyer's arrogant remark See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This creative owl will give your visitors something to hoot about! Rebecca Shinners, Country Living, 7 Sep. 2022 Now the teens hoot in the night somewhere past the spruce, down in the pool house. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 17 Aug. 2022 That leaves Keaton to hoot and flail and fall into swimming pools for the next 80 minutes, and possibly find true love. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 12 Aug. 2022 Kerrigan asks the audience, who hoot and holler in enthusiastic response. Audra Heinrichs, ELLE, 19 Feb. 2022 People would hoot and holler at her and sometimes throw things. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, 5 Oct. 2021 People would hoot and holler at her and sometimes throw things. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, 5 Oct. 2021 People will want to see those on the screen together and hoot and holler. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 16 Dec. 2021 People would hoot and holler at her and sometimes throw things. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, 5 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Carving with this Halloween stencil is sure to be a hoot. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Sep. 2022 Dan Aykroyd, one of the stars of the top-grossing film of 1984, Ghostbusters, and Bette Midler, who was between hits at the time, but is always a hoot, co-hosted the first VMAs. Paul Grein, Billboard, 29 July 2022 Plus a Simmons-Jimmy Butler reunion could be a hoot. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 28 July 2022 Mississippi State coach and former Texas Tech funnyman Mike Leach is always a tune-in, of course, and Saban is routinely a hoot. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 17 July 2022 Late spring events this week include the return of the UFO Festival in McMinnville (always a hoot), as well as several live classical music performances, and a contemporary and classical ballet presentation. oregonlive, 11 May 2022 Even without that deeper layer of introspection, Loot is a hoot. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 21 June 2022 The good news is that the whole kit and kaboodle are a hoot to consider. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 5 May 2022 But for those wishing to see Ukraine in a gentler—if not exactly flattering—light, the first season of Servant of the People is now streaming on Netflix, and it’s a hoot. David Klion, The New Republic, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hoot


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1540, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hoot


Middle English houten, of imitative origin


origin unknown

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\ ˈhüt How to pronounce hoot (audio) \
hooted; hooting

Kids Definition of hoot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to utter a loud shout or laugh … Henry hooted as Scooter sheepishly untangled himself from his bicycle.— Beverly Cleary, Henry Huggins
2 : to make the noise of an owl or a similar cry
3 : to express by hoots The crowd hooted disapproval.



Kids Definition of hoot (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the sound made by an owl
2 : a loud laugh or shout
3 : the least bit She doesn't care a hoot about sports.

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