\ 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 People would hoot and holler at her and sometimes throw things. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 25 Aug. 2021 But with these practical concerns comes the thrill of connecting with nature, whether that means listening to owls hoot ten feet from your tent, or hunting for sticks to throw on the fire. Alex Schechter, Travel + Leisure, 10 May 2021 This is the moment when most visitors—myself among them—like to hoot and holler and wave their arms out the sunroof. Charles Graeber, Travel + Leisure, 6 Mar. 2021 If Democrats tried a similar Electoral College stunt, Republicans would hoot it down. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2020 For two hours, the Spartans’ bench players hoot and holler and cheer on their teammates. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 8 Dec. 2020 Gathered in a conference room, the buyers hoot and holler as Crown signs the paperwork. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 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, 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, 25 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And while some people do give a hoot, litter is still easy to find. Jeff Kart, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 Reynolds also gets to play a roided-out, dimwitted surfer version of Guy named Dude who’s an absolute hoot. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, 13 Aug. 2021 The hulking Cena is a hoot, with the best lines and the drollest delivery. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2021 Polls indicate that’s very possible — Democrats generally don’t give a hoot, and Republicans are energized. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2021 Showrunner Mike O'Malley is a hoot as a rival promoter hell-bent on putting Jack out of business with his bloody, sensationalistic Florida Wrestling Dystopia league. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 4 Aug. 2021 For those readers who already know the difference between hoot owls and barn owls, and for those who never knew of their existence, Sherrell awakens a new urgency for reform. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 Plemons is a hoot as a pompous villain who isn’t averse to breaking into song with his crew of henchmen. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 July 2021 Beyond hoot owl limits, those who fish have been asked to rapidly land their catch and carefully and quickly release them, to minimize the stress of handling and reduce the potential for killing them. New York Times, 23 July 2021

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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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“Hoot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoot. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hoot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a hoot
: to make a loud sound : honk
: 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 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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