\ 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

bawl, bay, bellow, call, cry, holler, hollo (or halloo), roar, sound off, thunder, vociferate, yell

Synonyms: Noun

cry, holler, hoot, howl, whoop, yell, yowl

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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.

Examples of shout in a Sentence


There's no need to shout at me. well-wishers shouted to departing passengers from the dock


I gave a sudden shout of surprise when the shower abruptly turned ice-cold.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ernst, Salcedo, Vavic and their lawyers left the courthouse without commenting amid a crush of reporters shouting questions. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "Coaches, others plead not guilty in college admissions scam," 25 Mar. 2019 And shout out to our engineer Brett Fuchs for recording and mixing the episode. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where You Should Go This Fall: Travelogue Podcast," 21 Sep. 2018 But the reason, Sandra, that people journalists keep shouting those questions is that oftentimes President Trump more than some of his predecessors will answer them. Fox News, "Father of missing Iowa college student speaks out," 31 July 2018 Kavanaugh didn't respond to shouted questions from reporters. NBC News, "Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh begins lobbying campaign with GOP senators," 10 July 2018 That being said, shout-out to any infants or octogenarians who make burpees part of their daily routine. 2. Clay Skipper, GQ, "The 5 Best Exercises at the Gym, According to Personal Trainers," 29 June 2018 With cameras clicking and reporters shouting questions, the scene was a mirror image of the red carpets where Weinstein presided for decades as a movie mogul and king of Hollywood. Benjamin Mueller,, "Charged with rape, Weinstein posts $1 million bail and surrenders passport," 25 May 2018 With camera shutters clicking and reporters shouting questions, the scene was a mirror image of the red carpets where Weinstein presided for decades as a movie mogul and king of Hollywood. Author: Benjamin Mueller, Alan Feuer, Anchorage Daily News, "Charged with rape, Weinstein posts $1 million bail and surrenders passport," 25 May 2018 Fans pull ear plugs out and shout to one another in the new silence. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "One Day at Daytona," 22 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Amidst digital high fives and shout-outs, many of these women have formed deeper bonds. Leah Groth, Glamour, "Peloton’s Online Community Is Changing the Fitness Game for Moms," 9 Apr. 2019 Ribeiro captioned the pic with a shout-out to the late James Avery, who played the larger-than-life Banks family patriarch, Uncle Phil. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Clueless Is the Latest Magical ’90s Reunion Captured Online," 25 Mar. 2019 Fans see them tease one another and post shout-outs on social media quite often. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander's Sam Heughan Just Posted an Adorable Birthday Message to Sophie Skelton," 7 Mar. 2019 Many of the trainers along your journey are affiliated with famed series villains Team Rocket, who enjoy a decidedly Saturday Morning Cartoon flavor in their cheesy shouts against you. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Pokemon Let’s Go: Well, I guess my adult ass is going to collect them all," 16 Nov. 2018 Big shout out to all the girls 💪🏽 #rachelmcadams for @girls.girls.girls.magazine .com cover shoot 📸 @clairerothstein #pleaseshare . . Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hilary Duff Recreates Rachel McAdams' Iconic Breast Pump Photo Shoot in a Candid Instagram," 5 Jan. 2019 While her husband wrapped each of the frames in pretty white and gold polka dot paper—quick shout out to him for being able to wrap so neatly—Caitlin crafted tiny handmade wreaths. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Why People Are Wrapping Their Artwork In Christmas Paper," 11 Dec. 2018 Big shout out to Blake Bortles, @BB5Foundation, and Mambos Cuban Cafe for delivering all of this food to the officers that have been working the recent tragedy. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Jacksonville Jaguars' Blake Bortles helps deliver meals to officers working mass shooting," 27 Aug. 2018 Special shout out to Leo, the LeBron James of the pink team. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Becca Kufrin Feels 'Sick' After Finding Out Bachelorette Contestant Dated Her Friend Tia Booth," 4 June 2018

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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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shout down

shout for joy


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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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