\ 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 Victoria’s public speaking engagements now became free-for-alls, mobbed to the rafters with raucous crowds that mixed her enraptured fans with her booing, hooting enemies. John Strausbaugh, National Review, "The Scandalous and Pioneering Victoria Woodhull," 8 Feb. 2020 As expected, users were hooting and hollering about this peculiar arrangement. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Real Estate Listing Features a Bathroom Without Doors, and Twitter Is Having a Field Day," 18 Nov. 2019 Cornerback Kalon Gervin got out of position, Cornelius Johnson strolled down the sideline as Dantonio stood with his hands on his hips, glaring at the scoreboard as the remaining fans hooted and hollered. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football reverts to pre-Dantonio era with undisciplined loss to Michigan," 16 Nov. 2019 The Spartans started pushing and shoving on the U-M sideline after the play, and the Wolverines were hooting and hollering and revving up an already rabid crowd. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football suffers worst loss to Michigan in Dantonio era, 44-10," 16 Nov. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At the very least, this ammo is a hoot to shoot on the range thanks to its mild recoil and low noise. Jeff Johnston, Field & Stream, "The Pros and Cons of Subsonic Cartridges," 8 Oct. 2019 Charlotte Sanders is a hoot as Bruce, one of the headmistress’ notable victims. oregonlive, "‘Matilda the Musical’ review: Talented cast handles tough story adeptly," 11 Dec. 2019 First there were claps, then hoots, then, gradually, people started to stand and hail him like a hero back from war. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "“Freestyle Love Supreme” Raps Its Way to Broadway," 7 Oct. 2019 Yet, over the hoots and applause that accompanied the standing ovation given to Kavanaugh, the sound of shrieking rape whistles pierced the air. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Kavanaugh jokes and gets choked up in his first speech as a SCOTUS justice," 15 Nov. 2019 Occasionally a rhino snort or hoot broke the silence, punctuated by the thundering hoofs of wildebeest and zebra heading south on their migration route. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What I Learned in the Trenches of a Rhino Translocation," 9 Oct. 2019 The hoots when the Giants drafted Jones sixth overall still hum in the inner ears. Sally Jenkins, courant.com, "Daniel Jones isn’t going to tell you you’re wrong about him. He’d rather show you.," 27 Sep. 2019 Olivia Billings is a hoot in her outrageous outfits as Matilda’s vulgar, brassy mother Mrs. Wormwood. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "‘Matilda the Musical’ at Beck Center a brilliant, ‘revolting’ triumph (review)," 22 July 2019 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

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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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21 Feb 2020

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“Hoot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoots. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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