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hoot

verb \ ˈhüt \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of hoot

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

Examples of hoot in a Sentence

  1. We could hear an owl hooting in the woods.

  2. I hooted at the car in front of me.

  3. The crowd booed and hooted when it was announced that the show was canceled.

  4. The crowd hooted its disapproval.

  5. The speaker was hooted off the platform by a small group of protesters.

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Origin and Etymology of hoot

Middle English houten, of imitative origin


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hoot

noun

Definition of hoot

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

hooty

play \ˈhü-tē\ adjective

Examples of hoot in a Sentence

  1. The announcement was met with hoots of derision.

  2. the courtroom erupted in hoots of laughter upon hearing the witness's sarcastic retort

Recent Examples of hoot from the Web

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First Known Use of hoot

15th century


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hoot

interjection \ ˈhüt \
variants: or hoots play \ˈhüts\

Definition of hoot

chiefly Scotland
used to express impatience, dissatisfaction, or objection

Origin and Etymology of hoot

origin unknown



HOOT Defined for English Language Learners

hoot

verb

Definition of hoot for English Language Learners

  • of an owl : to make a hoot

  • of a horn : to make a loud sound

  • : to cause (a horn) to hoot


hoot

noun

Definition of hoot for English Language Learners

  • : the loud, deep sound made by an owl; also : a similar loud, deep sound

  • : a loud laugh or call made by a person

  • : an amusing person or thing


HOOT Defined for Kids

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hoot

verb \ ˈhüt \

Definition of hoot for Students

hooted; hooting
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.

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hoot

noun

Definition of hoot for Students

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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