\ 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 hoots (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 hooty (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 He then hooted as Cuyahoga County sheriff’s deputies led him out of the courtroom and back to jail. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Man who sucker-punched attorney in the face during Cleveland court hearing found not guilty," 22 Oct. 2019 The crowd hooted and cooed when an especially striking yellow dress appeared, like a mustard sunrise. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "A Message of Useful Beauty from New York Fashion Week," 10 Sep. 2019 The gallery hooted its approval as well, before Judge Celeste Bell quieted them. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "How a Flint court battle became Mateen Cleaves' most divisive victory," 21 Aug. 2019 A few minutes earlier the group — tan robes, burgundy hoods, shirts with meandering yellow streaks — had done a hooting lap around the Grand Central concourse, arousing cell-phone cameras, and appetites. Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post, "This year, Joey Chestnut marched on New York with a hot dog entourage," 4 July 2019 During Thursday’s practice in the searing Southern heat, Mayo was hooting and hollering during warmups, firing up the players and reminding them that performing under such conditions would be as much a mental test as a physical one. Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, "Jerod Mayo proving a perfect fit on Patriots’ staff," 17 Aug. 2019 Many in the crowd took selfies, including Antetokounmpo, who called up his three brothers to the stage, held up his phone and snapped a pic as excited photo-bombing fans waved and hooted. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giannis Antetokounmpo shows off MVP trophy to thousands of excited Bucks fans," 14 July 2019 Abi Muzaale and more than a hundred other fans at the Five and Dime Ale House in Hampden threw their hands in the air, clapped, hooted and hollered as time expired and the 2-0 victory became official. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Fans in Baltimore, around the world cheer on 'amazingly talented' U.S. Women's team to fourth World Cup victory," 7 July 2019 In December 2018, Desmond, imitating Gwen Stefani, performed at a Brooklyn gay bar in a wig and crop-top as hooting adult men threw dollar bills. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "‘Desmond Is Amazing’ Needs Saving," 11 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Halloween is a hoot until someone steals your look. Melissa Locker, Time, "Reasonable Cat Throws a Tantrum Over Unoriginal Owner Who Dressed as a Cat," 31 Oct. 2019 Staff are a hoot and will teach you a bit of Creole. Doubles from $195. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "You Haven't Seen the Colombian Coast Without Time in Providencia," 11 Oct. 2019 The question pandered to the crowd, eliciting applause, hoots, and whistles. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 10 Oct. 2019 To which the thoughtful, Socratic response should be: Who gives a hoot? Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Ohio State keeps giving Michigan fans reasons to hate it," 18 Aug. 2019 As robots were ripped out, Guillen redirected Model 3 assembly through a giant tent, which drew hoots from critics but stabilized production. Russ Mitchellstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Tesla loses $408 million as technology chief J.B. Straubel departs," 24 July 2019 Inspired by a nifty tongue pop thingie Edwards is known for doing, the San Francisco chef made a series of dishes to the hoots and hollers of the crowd. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Outside Lands: Drag queen Alyssa Edwards slams spicy margaritas with chef Melissa King," 9 Aug. 2019 Like many supercar makers, GM worked to make this new ride comfortable as well as a hoot to drive. Alex Davies, WIRED, "How It Feels to Drive—and Crash—the First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette," 18 July 2019 Sarafina Bush's deliberately tacky costumes are a hoot, and the frequent dance numbers, many of them incorporating martial arts moves (and nunchucks as well!), are a lot of fun. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Broadway Bounty Hunter': Theater Review," 24 July 2019

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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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14 Nov 2019

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

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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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