\ 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 If Democrats tried a similar Electoral College stunt, Republicans would hoot it down. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Embarrassing Electoral College Hustle," 30 Dec. 2020 For two hours, the Spartans’ bench players hoot and holler and cheer on their teammates. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "How No. 4 Michigan State basketball is igniting on-court energy during 5-0 start," 8 Dec. 2020 Gathered in a conference room, the buyers hoot and holler as Crown signs the paperwork. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Visa’s $5 billion Plaid deal is in deep trouble," 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, "He’s Lost Control," 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, "Amazon Ring's New Security Cameras and Tech Protect Your Car (and You)," 25 Sep. 2020 Some bang on their pots, some clap, while others hoot loudly. Sophie Hayssen, refinery29.com, "These Mothers Are Fighting Coronavirus On The Frontlines — & It’s Affecting Them In Unexpected Ways," 8 May 2020 In my favorite of all these tiny backyard guesthouses, the lights were warm and low in the kitchen; the table was just big enough for two red placemats and a candle; there were old pennants hanging on the walls and owls hooting in the yard. Jia Tolentino, Bon Appétit, "Marijuana Edibles and Pounds (and Pounds) of Pasta: Jia Tolentino on Writing and Cooking," 20 Mar. 2020 Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, who hooted and clattered through bayou rockers and two-steps. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "At Globalfest, Rowdy Sounds From Around the World," 13 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The question of why anybody should give a hoot about the Golden Globe Awards has always lurked in the background of the annual extravaganza. oregonlive, "Golden Globes 2021: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return as hosts, as awards draw more criticism," 24 Feb. 2021 With friends and family members on Zoom calls – if none of them are currently going through this particular Dante’s ring – go ahead and break out the T-shirt and hoot and holler. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Guest’s choice to post wedding video upsets couple," 19 Feb. 2021 With friends and family members on Zoom calls – if none of them are currently going through this particular Dante’s ring – go ahead and break out the T-shirt and hoot and holler. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Guest’s choice to post wedding video upsets couple," 19 Feb. 2021 Blood dripped from the left side of his face, and Nolan Arenado didn’t give a hoot. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants remain NL West underdogs after Nolan Arenado trade. But there's hope," 4 Feb. 2021 The Mini Cooper SE was a hoot to drive, the Polestar 2 impressed with a great interior, as did the Audi e-tron Sportback, although at a price that's another rung up the ladder. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The best cars, SUVs, and crossovers we drove in 2020," 27 Dec. 2020 Children's pageants that portray Mary and Joseph's arrival in Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus are a highlight and often a hoot for faith communities. Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune, "COVID-19 sparks Christmas creativity in Minnesota," 19 Dec. 2020 The male then pushes out a longer, slightly higher hoot, which the female also responds to. Jonathan C. Slaght, Scientific American, "A Duet of Fish Owls," 10 Dec. 2020 For its eighth go-round, this unhinged holiday hoot has gone virtual, which is not a surprise. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "TheaterWorks holiday hit ‘Christmas on the Rocks’ gets shaken up for new streaming ‘Quarantine Edition’," 10 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of hoot was in the 13th century

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12 Jan 2021

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“Hoot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoot. Accessed 4 Mar. 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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