hoo·​te·​nan·​ny | \ ˈhü-tə-ˌna-nē How to pronounce hootenanny (audio) \
plural hootenannies

Definition of hootenanny

1 chiefly dialectal : gadget
2 : a gathering at which folk singers entertain often with the audience joining in

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Watch all the daily shenanigans and hootenanny that happens when the cameras are turned off. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Yvie Oddly, Nina West, more Drag Race stars getting new reality shows," 27 June 2019 Those immigrant families cooled themselves on stoops in the summer as the Beat youths rushed the avenues in pursuit of another hootenanny, intent on getting everywhere fast, following sounds. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "Gay Pride and Stonewall, Through the Eyes of Fred W. McDarrah," 20 June 2019 Cedar Point is cooking up some family-friendly summer fun with a good ole hootenanny this weekend. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Cedar Point to unveil custom beer at barbecue fest," 6 June 2018 There will also be live entertainment daily by Cedar Point’s Bluegrass Jamboree and a hootenanny every evening at 6 p.m. On June 10, Food Network’s Damaris Phillips will cook up her famous buttermilk barbecue pie and beer cheese mac-and-cheese. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Cedar Point to unveil custom beer at barbecue fest," 6 June 2018 But this is no small-county hootenanny: the Liffey Descent draws an international crowd of more than 2,000 kayakers from all over Europe. Alex Schechter, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kayaking the 'River of Life' in Ireland," 16 Mar. 2018 In fact, its demonstrative frontman comes off a bit like Jello Biafra-meets-David Byrne at a hootenanny. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "7 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week | Charlotte Observer," 21 Dec. 2017 Walker himself wasn't at the wingnut hootenanny this past weekend, but he was cited from the podium by almost everyone, including Chris Christie. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Watching Scotty Blow, Continued," 11 Mar. 2014 BOSTON — There was one old-school moment in the weekend’s hootenanny between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees here, one moment that reminded you that history hangs on these teams like bats from the roof of a cave. Charles P. Pierce, SI.com, "Play It Again! The Yankees and Red Sox Delivered Another Thrilling Chapter to Their Storied Rivalry," 22 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of hootenanny

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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