\ ˈshau̇t How to pronounce shout (audio) \
shouted; shouting; shouts

Definition of shout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to utter a sudden loud cry
2 : to command attention as if by shouting a quality that shouts from good novels— John Gardner

transitive verb

1 : to utter in a loud voice
2 : to cause to be, come, or stop by or as if by shouting shouted himself hoarse the proponents shouted down the opposition



Definition of shout (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud cry or call

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Other Words from shout


shouter noun

Synonyms for shout

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of shout in a Sentence

Verb There's no need to shout at me. well-wishers shouted to departing passengers from the dock Noun I gave a sudden shout of surprise when the shower abruptly turned ice-cold.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In Ohio, where 213 people have died from COVID-19, dozens of shouting protesters tried to disrupt a coronavirus briefing by Gov. Mike DeWine at the state capitol in Columbus. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, "‘A silent explosion’: Coronavirus deaths in U.S. climb past 16,000," 9 Apr. 2020 So far, that's taken the form of posting , shouting out organizations (and compelling followers to help one another), and, now, a note about the importance of social distancing. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Urge Instagram Followers to Mitigate the Spread of the Coronavirus," 24 Mar. 2020 Social media was made for shouting your raw opinions into the void. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Social distancing doesn't have to doom your weekends. We have ideas," 14 Mar. 2020 Flashing in red, yellow, and green, three neon signs shouting CONSENT hung from the ceiling at the Bassin De L'Octogone in Paris’ Jardin des Tuileries. Gabrielle Korn,, "Dior’s Latest Feminist Uniform Is Cool, But Who’s Buying It?," 26 Feb. 2020 Shia LaBeouf is shouting into a cell phone the size of his face, with one of those cases that holds all your credit cards. Washington Post, "Adam Driver needs someone to talk to, and Geena Davis got her dress under my foot: Scenes from the Vanity Fair Oscar party," 10 Feb. 2020 But when shouted into different gases of varying densities, the same noises take on new forms. Popular Science, "What your voice would sound like on other planets and moons," 26 Jan. 2020 In May, video of a white Wilson High School student shouting a slur at a group of black boys made the rounds on social media and sparked a series of fights that put the building on lockdown. oregonlive, "From climate strikes to a football coach’s heroism: The 12 biggest education stories of 2019," 5 Jan. 2020 At least one shouted defiantly at Trey Bennett, the protester Spell is accused of assaulting., "FDA approves first in-home test for coronavirus," 21 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the speech, Hanks gave shout-outs to the senior class leaders and school principals. Anna Bauman,, "Tom Hanks delivers graduation speech to Skyline High School’s Class of 2020," 22 May 2020 There are worse things for a college kid in quarantine than Brad Pitt giving you a shout-out on Twitter. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'You did it!' Floppy-haired Brad Pitt pops up for Missouri State University graduating class in quarantine," 20 May 2020 One brewery in particular deserves a shout-out for a job well done, though: Big Ash Brewing. Matt Koesters,, "Silverton's young craft brewery making things work through pandemic," 20 May 2020 The puns and pop-culture shout-outs are also fairly clever: An odd jab at the Supreme Court will go over some children’s heads, but thank goodness for a top-notch Chris Hemsworth reference. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Animated ‘Scooby-Doo’ reboot is hounded by complications," 14 May 2020 So a shout-out to everybody currently at the hospital in the ICU right now, working with our COVID patients. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald delivers, even in the off-season," 29 Apr. 2020 There’s a new Cameo-like app in which fans can (albeit for a fee) commission shout-outs from Violent J, Shaggy 2 Dope, and other band affiliates. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Insane Clown Posse Is Modeling Ideal Pandemic Leadership," 27 Apr. 2020 Wahlberg also gave a shout out to everyone not just on the song but also behind the scenes that made this song possible. Chloe Melas, CNN, "New Kids on the Block release coronavirus song 'House Party' to lift spirits and raise money," 24 Apr. 2020 The moment also came as United flew healthcare workers from San Francisco to New York over the weekend, inspiring a video shout-out from none other than the airline’s partner and NBA star Steph Curry. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "United Pilot Whose Wife Is a Nurse Thanks Medical Volunteers Heading to NYC in Emotional Announcement," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of shout


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shout


Middle English

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The first known use of shout was in the 14th century

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12 May 2020

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“Shout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce shout (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to say (something) very loudly
: to make a sudden, loud cry



English Language Learners Definition of shout (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sudden, loud cry
British, informal : a person's turn to buy drinks


\ ˈshau̇t How to pronounce shout (audio) \
shouted; shouting

Kids Definition of shout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make a sudden loud cry We shouted with joy.
2 : to say in a loud voice I shouted a warning.



Kids Definition of shout (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sudden loud cry a shout of surprise

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shout, shriek, and screech mean to utter a loud cry. shout means any kind of loud cry meant to be heard either far away or above other noise. We shouted to them across the river. shriek means a high-pitched cry that is a sign of strong feeling. The children shrieked with excitement. screech means an extended shriek that is usually without words and very harsh and unpleasant. The cats fought and screeched.

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