\ 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

That night, patrons and passers-by erupted in resistance, shouting at officers, throwing coins, cans and anything at hand, and facing off with a tactical police unit brought in as reinforcements. Jennifer Peltz, Twin Cities, "NYPD sorry for ’69 raid at now-landmark Stonewall gay bar," 6 June 2019 Charlotte has heard Ariane and Drew shouting and slamming doors, sometimes all night long. David Canfield,, "Exclusive: The author of A Simple Favor is back with another juicy thriller," 5 June 2019 Jay-Z shouted out his mother, Gloria Carter, who is openly gay and received a Special Recognition Award by GLAAD last year. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Gave an Emotional Speech Honoring Her Uncle Who Suffered from HIV at the GLAAD Awards," 29 Mar. 2019 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, 'Hosanna to the Son of David! Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "When Is Palm Sunday? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 4 Mar. 2019 During her acceptance speech, Tay shouted out everyone on her tour, including her opening acts Camila and Charli XCX. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Did You Catch This Super Sweet Moment Between Camila Cabello and Taylor Swift at the 2018 AMAs?!," 10 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Anyone can sign up, choose their talent, summarize the nature of the shout-out, enter billing info and wait for up to seven days before the message comes back, downloadable and shareable. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These are the Wisconsin athletes who can give you a personalized shout-out on Cameo, including Brett Favre," 6 June 2019 Good luck Michael! 👏👏👏👏👏 — John T Dixon Jr 🇺🇸 (@JTDixonInks) September 5, 2018 Simon Cowell just sent a shout out to Garth Brooks to write a song for Michael Ketterer! Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "'AGT' Judge Simon Cowell Makes a Plea to Garth Brooks to Write a Song for This Contestant," 5 Sep. 2018 The show does not get me without Google Docs, like a deep shout out to Google for the Google Doc. Recode Staff, Recode, "The New York Times’ The Daily podcast host Michael Barbaro talks with Kara Swisher," 29 June 2018 Top Chef head judge and executive producer Tom Colicchio recalls when Anthony Bourdain gave him a shout out in his book Kitchen Confidential, released in 2000. Beth Landman, The Hollywood Reporter, "‘Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio Remembers Anthony Bourdain: “The Best Was Yet to Come”," 10 June 2018 His plan for the block party is also a shout to Houston. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Travis Scott honors Astroworld with block party, release of his Jordan shoes," 7 June 2018 Attorney General Curtis Hill got a shout out for his popularity with Indiana voters. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "8 takeaways from Trump's speech at Elkhart rally," 11 May 2018 Jennifer Holliday, who originated the role of Effie White from Dreamgirls on Broadway, also gave Vox a shout out on Twitter for her performance. Tamara Fuentes, Good Housekeeping, "Get to Know Ada Vox, the "American Idol" Contestant Everyone Is Rooting For," 25 Apr. 2018 Queen Elizabeth's regal rainbow style also gets a shout-out. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rickey Thompson Spills the Tea on Iconic Royal Fashion Moments," 23 May 2019

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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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