\ˈhüt \
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 \
variants: or hoots \ˈhüts \

Definition of hoot (Entry 3 of 3)

chiefly Scotland

used to express impatience, dissatisfaction, or objection

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Other Words from hoot


hooty \ˈhü-​tē \ adjective

Synonyms for hoot

Synonyms: Noun

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

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Examples of hoot in a Sentence


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.


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

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 Few will forget Roseanne Barr's notorious shriek-and-spit rendition at an MLB game in San Diego in 1990, a bizarre fit of malice that had the crowd hooting in derision. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "In Our Midst: The Home Of The Brave," 28 Apr. 2018 An audience of more than 200 people hooted most for take-downs of President Trump and his administration as snow fell outside James Wood Middle School in Frederick County. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "In first forum, Democrats vying to face Comstock talk guns, how to win," 22 Feb. 2018 On a balcony overlooking a polling station, a group of women danced to election songs and hooted for Mr. Hariri, clutching babies clad in Future party T-shirts. Nazih Osseiran And Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Lebanon Votes in Election Dominated by Regional Tensions," 6 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Hisses, grunts, booms, and hoots were likely what reverberated through the prehistoric landscape. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Ways Real Science Would Make the New Jurassic World So Much Better," 12 June 2018 As the dancers perfectly step in time, the audience cheers them on with loud hoots and plenty of clapping. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "Watch Dick Van Dyke Revive His 'Mary Poppins' Role in an Incredible Disney Tribute," 23 Feb. 2016

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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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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

: 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

: an amusing person or thing


\ˈhüt \
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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