hoot

verb
\ 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

hoot

noun

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 hoots (audio) \

Definition of hoot (Entry 3 of 3)

chiefly Scotland
used to express impatience, dissatisfaction, or objection

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Other Words from hoot

Noun

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

Synonyms for hoot

Synonyms: Noun

cry, holler, howl, shout, whoop, yell, yowl

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Clearly this is a story about a radical idea which deserved to be hooted down. James Freeman, WSJ, "When Politicians ‘Pounce’," 13 Feb. 2019 Everyone seems to be having a grand old time, from the two distinguished gents in the corner talking business to the roaring group in the center of the room, hooting about the joys of Nutella. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Talulla in Huron Village, where white tablecloths don’t mean you can’t have fun," 10 May 2018 Zhou Bao laughed and hooted himself, though not quite as fluently as Ta Shu, who had practiced a lot during his hours at the Beijing Zoo. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s next book," 18 Oct. 2018 Then one of the older ones hooted, a rising tone that sounded not quite human, but not quite animal either. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s next book," 18 Oct. 2018 A few feet away, sitting on a set of bleachers under the basket, Miles Bridges hooted and hollered. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Nick Ward hopes to take game to 'different level' in return to Michigan State basketball," 30 June 2018 The twins hooted with the excitement of discovery, of exploration, of staying up past bedtime. Vanessa Hua, SFChronicle.com, "Stargazing summer," 5 July 2018 Blue Suede Shoes,’ and people started hooting and hollering. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Tribute artists to bring ‘authentic’ Elvis experience to Humble," 3 July 2018 Lots of things fell from the Sellwood Bridge: shopping carts, bottles tossed by hooting teenagers. Nancy Rommelmann, Good Housekeeping, "Amanda Stott-Smith Was a Loving Mother of 3. So Why Did She Try to Murder Her 2 Youngest Kids?," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cathy Crockford and colleagues found that pant-hoots from different communities within Taï Forest, Côte d’Ivoire, also sound distinct. Michael Wilson, Smithsonian, "What Can Chimpanzee Calls Tell Us About the Origins of Human Language?," 10 May 2018 Kennedy attempted a half-dozen or so half courts shots as the team was wrapping up drills, to the hoots and hollers of his players. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Aggies keeping it loose with fresh start at hand," 15 Mar. 2018 The supporting players are even better; the veteran Barry infuses his stern but loving character with genuine gravitas, Beach is stolid as the parole officer who treats his ex-cons fairly, and Kay is a hoot as Sam's reluctant accomplice. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'No Postage Necessary': Film Review," 4 July 2018 Others were told their county ranked near the bottom in giving a hoot about going green. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "You think your neighbors can drive energy conservation," 18 Sep. 2018 On the other hand, the feckless writer's lair created by Ward Shelley of Easton CT, with Douglas Paulson and Adam Zimmerman, is a total hoot. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Cleveland featured in premiere of Travel Channel's 'Eat, Drink, Haggle' with Lara Spencer," 21 Apr. 2018 The dog then pushes him away and sprints off without giving two hoots about the poor pooch STILL stuck in the gate. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "This Tiny Chihuahua Tackling a Gate is the Funniest Thing You'll See All Day," 10 Aug. 2015 Risky draft by former Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk, now the man in Atlanta, but Young will be a hoot to watch. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Some summer fun at NBA’s Summer League," 10 July 2018 During the summer, they can be identified by their shiny black head and bill, small red eyes, and distinctive calls — tremolo, wail, yodel, and hoot. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "Around July Fourth, look out for loon chicks," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of hoot

Verb

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Interjection

1540, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hoot

Verb

Middle English houten, of imitative origin

Interjection

origin unknown

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hoot

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hoot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

of an owl : to make a hoot
of a horn : to make a loud sound
British : to cause (a horn) to hoot

hoot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hoot (Entry 2 of 2)

: the loud, deep sound made by an owl also : a similar loud, deep sound
: a loud laugh or call made by a person
informal : an amusing person or thing

hoot

verb
\ 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.

hoot

noun

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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