\ 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

Kyle Motes, 26, of the 200 block of Jeffreys Place in Highwood, was charged June 24 with disorderly conduct after police responded to a report of a person shouting in the 1700 block of St. Johns Avenue. Pioneer Press Staff,, "Highland Park police: Traffic stops lead to DUI charges in the city," 2 July 2019 No, his sister would be hopping on the hoods of cars, dancing with strangers, shouting through a megaphone for everyone to tear down the barbed-wire barriers, raid Imelda’s closet and sell all the shoes to feed the poor. Veronica Chambers, New York Times, "Viewfinders: 10 Y.A. Novelists Spin Fiction From Vintage Photos," 28 June 2019 Adrenaline pumping, Olenick worried about getting arrested but also about the action outside — shouting, sirens, sounds of objects being thrown. Jennifer Peltz, Twin Cities, "Stories of Stonewall: How the LGBTQ rebellion left a legacy," 24 June 2019 As children die, millions migrate and bombs explode, India’s new parliament spends its first day shouting and debating slogans, whether in praise of Ram, Allah, Bheem, Bangla, Hindustan, Inquilab or Mamta. Samar Halarnkar, Quartz India, "India’s battling one crisis after another, but parliament and media are obsessed with the irrelevant," 24 June 2019 The Sunday event was disrupted repeatedly by people shouting from the crowd and calling for officers to be fired. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Pete Buttigieg Confronts Racial Tensions After Police Shooting in Hometown," 23 June 2019 Body-camera footage shows Officer David Dehority and other officers shouting at Byrd to get out of the vehicle., "Phoenix police shot at more people than NYPD did in 2018. Will that change?," 20 June 2019 Scores of protesters stayed at the building stairs, shouting slogans against the prime minister. Llazar Semini, The Seattle Times, "Albanian opposition clashes with police in anti-govt protest," 13 Apr. 2019 When the Russians defeated Spain, the entire soccer world, including the news media, shouted as one from under the onion domes: Oh, what a Cinderella story. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Don't let Russia's World Cup success obscure history of cheating," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition to thousands of daily calls, Frost’s time-and-temperature line also gets its share of shout-outs on social media. René A. Guzman,, "‘Frost Bank time’ keeps on ticking after almost 80 years," 5 July 2019 Actor and native Washingtonian Regina Hall gave the ultimate Hains Point shout-out while hosting the BET Awards last month. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "No tanks, Trump. Real Washingtonians aren’t interested in your party.," 1 July 2019 Here’s the latest in our continuing series of chats with stage actors (with a special shout-out to my 8-year-old literary consultant, who is a voracious reader and a big fan of Junie B. Jones). Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Junie B. Jones, in St. Paul for a month, talks about school, friends and lemon pie," 27 June 2019 During her pregnancy last year, Kardashian gave a shout-out to Hatch Mama Belly Oil, a hydrating body oil that's formulated to smooth stretch marks. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Hatch’s Fan-Favorite Belly Oil Is Back in Stock After 1,000-Person Waitlist," 21 June 2019 At her graduation Tuesday from Manchester High School, Kaylyn Jones, the class president, began her speech with a special shout-out to her mother. Lydia Gerike,, "Students celebrate overcoming obstacles at Manchester High School graduation," 18 June 2019 Serena just made her debut on Forbes Most Powerful Women List in December 2018, so this is just another huge shout-out from the publication. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams, Legend, Is the First Athlete to Make 'Forbes' Richest Self-Made Women List," 4 June 2019 Some of the production crew deserves a shout-out, however, especially Kelly James Tighe, whose scenic design is flexible, relatable and moves well. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: ‘Grease’ is the word at the Fox Theatre," 13 June 2019 Along with shouts to Dr. Dre, Wu-Tang Clan, Pharrell and Michael Jordan, Stav repeatedly sends love to favorite pastime: masturbation. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Watch Kacey Musgraves & Amy Schumer in Unaired 'SNL' Sketch 'Spirituality Rap'," 16 May 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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