\ 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

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 They were said in a rasp, too, as the veteran coach had to shout in a manner he wasn’t accustomed to in a long while. Dave Hyde,, 16 May 2021 But a woman in her thirties wearing a pink T-shirt began to shout. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 Memoirs also shone, allowing homebound producers to shout into the void. Eric Mcquade, The Atlantic, 27 Dec. 2021 Spectators at the Winter Olympics — which were already limited to residents of China — will be allowed to clap, but not shout, in support of athletes. New York Times, 23 Dec. 2021 At least two people start to intervene, appearing to try to release the man from the officer's grip, as onlookers shout and capture the skirmish on their mobile phones. NBC News, 21 Dec. 2021 Despite the lopsided loss, students and alumni supported the players and coaches and didn’t shout out any disapproving boos or loud criticism during or after the game, which aired live on ESPN+. Diane Moca,, 18 Dec. 2021 Others continued to shout as district security tried to calm them to restart the meeting. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 24 June 2021 The protesters continued to shout as Utah State Sen. Kathleen Riebe reached the lectern to talk about teacher appreciation week. Washington Post, 23 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cowell previously raved about his relationship with Silverman, giving her a sweet shout-out in 2018 when he was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Joelle Goldstein,, 12 Jan. 2022 Max celebrated the shout-out by reposting a screenshot of Miley's article on his Instagram. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 10 Jan. 2022 Want to give an opponent a shout-out for his or her stellar play this season? Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 7 Jan. 2022 Beyond that, though, the Boba Fett sequence offers a shout-out to a scene that didn't even make the final cut of Star Wars: A New Hope. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 5 Jan. 2022 Receiving her career achievement award at the Celebration of Black Cinema & Television in December, Berry gave Hunt a shout-out from the podium. Pamela Avila, USA TODAY, 2 Jan. 2022 Last year Sandy gave a big shout-out to the Invitational! Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2021 Tollaksen also gave a shout-out to sponsors and aldermen that provided $3,000 in donations to help defray costs of equipment and set-up. David Sharos,, 28 Dec. 2021 Rudd also gave a shout-out to Charli XCX for rehearsing so much for a performance that never happened. Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2021

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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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15 Jan 2022

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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
: 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

Choose the Right Synonym for shout


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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