\ 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But with these practical concerns comes the thrill of connecting with nature, whether that means listening to owls hoot ten feet from your tent, or hunting for sticks to throw on the fire. Alex Schechter, Travel + Leisure, 10 May 2021 This is the moment when most visitors—myself among them—like to hoot and holler and wave their arms out the sunroof. Charles Graeber, Travel + Leisure, 6 Mar. 2021 If Democrats tried a similar Electoral College stunt, Republicans would hoot it down. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2020 For two hours, the Spartans’ bench players hoot and holler and cheer on their teammates. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 8 Dec. 2020 Gathered in a conference room, the buyers hoot and holler as Crown signs the paperwork. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 6 Nov. 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, 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, 25 Sep. 2020 Some bang on their pots, some clap, while others hoot loudly. Sophie Hayssen, refinery29.com, 8 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But it’s the star who makes this a low-down hoot while rooting it in some tart and deserved observations about the battle of the sexes. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Apr. 2021 On its face, this could easily be a campy hoot, but Soderbergh and his two stars invest real feeling into this relationship — in particular, what drew Thorson to this much-older man. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 7 July 2021 But the curses, many in Spanish and Chinese, that rise with the stretch runs and occasionally end with a triumphant hoot have the rhythm and ring of universal imprecations. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 15 May 2021 Giving a hoot: The Ohio General Assembly on Thursday passed legislation allowing licensed falconers to use owls to catch small prey. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 23 Apr. 2021 What a hoot: A rare snowy owl was spotted in New York's Central Park for the first time in 130 years. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, 3 Feb. 2021 As night falls, owls hoot and frogs croak in the forest around Vilina Vlas, a spa getaway in eastern Bosnia. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2020 Jackson is a hoot as yet another super villain who wants to destroy the world to combat climate change, but at least this film takes such themes to its mind-blowing natural conclusion. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Over the phone, the actress and comedian - who some audiences first met on Pop's Florida Girls - is warm and a hoot to talk to. Rachel Yang, EW.com, 16 June 2021

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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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“Hoot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoot. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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



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


\ 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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