\ ˈshau̇t \
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

On Monday night, Kim took a surprise late-night tour of downtown Singapore, strolling along the harbor as reporters and residents shouted his name and snapped pictures with their phones. David Tweed,, "Trump, Kim Voice Optimism Over Path to Peace as Summit Opens," 12 June 2018 Among other reactions, many people remarked about Kavanaugh’s behavior, including sniffling, making angry faces, and shouting and interrupting those questioning him. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "People on Social Media React to Brett Kavanaugh's Testimony," 27 Sep. 2018 Gohmert tried to shout over him and the committee chairman vainly tried to restore order. Author: Eric Tucker, Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, "FBI agent clashes with GOP at hearing on Russia probe," 13 July 2018 The video shows the two shouting at each other and then the employee charging at Jones to fight. Paul Dehner Jr.,, "Video shows ex-Cincinnati Bengals corner Adam Jones attacked, fighting at Atlanta airport," 11 July 2018 Fist-pumping, flag-waving and slogan-shouting masses of Pyongyang residents normally assemble each year for the rally to kick off a month of anti-U.S., Korean War-focused events designed to strengthen nationalism and unity. Fox News, "In sign of detente, North Korea skips annual anti-US rally," 25 June 2018 Fist-pumping, flag-waving and slogan-shouting masses of Pyongyang residents normally assemble each year for the rally to kick off a month of anti-U.S., Korean War-focused events designed to strengthen nationalism and unity. Cha Song Ho And Eric Talmadge,, "North Korea plans to skip annual anti-U.S. rally," 25 June 2018 Two protesters with the Poor People's Campaign were physically removed from a Louisiana House Appropriations Committee meeting Tuesday afternoon (May 29) after shouting and refusing to leave. Julia O'donoghue,, "Watch a protester being removed from a Louisiana Legislature hearing," 29 May 2018 Naturally, the stans were shouting their approval from the Twitter rooftops after the post went up. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Emma Watson Shared a New Photo of "Little Women" Castmates Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet," 14 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory was in the audience—and received a shout-out on stage from Farrakhan at that speech. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Should You Attend the Women's March?," 16 Jan. 2019 There is a shout-out to Ariana Grande, a birthday tribute to Maya Angelou, and a carousel of magazine covers graced by her Ocean’s 8 co-stars. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "Anne Hathaway Is Nobody's Punching Bag," 8 Jan. 2019 Reese Witherspoon even gave him a shout-out on Twitter! Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "24 Social Media Moments That Literally Made 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Propping your device on a flat surface is always a good shout. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Pixel's Night Sight is Declaring War on Flash Photography," 15 Nov. 2018 From the grassy spot, the grunts and shouts of dozens of exercising midshipmen on Forrest Sherman Field float up to the grave site. Laurie Kellman, Fox News, "McCain to be buried near best friend at US Naval Academy," 27 Aug. 2018 The family has reported several other incidents of harassment in the past several months, including sporadic catcalls and hostile shouts. Lauren Lumpkin,, "Girl charged after allegedly pelting Muslim family's home with eggs," 12 July 2018 Gay rights activists would continue to confront him in public over the next two years, showing up to boo, stomp shout, and rush the stage at his weekly television show tapings. Sascha Cohen, Smithsonian, "How Gay Activists Challenged the Politics of Civility," 10 July 2018 Panicked shouts drowned her out, and the camera turned from the priest to Sealy, about 15 feet from the gazebo, brandishing what appeared to be a pistol at the crowd. Avi Selk,, "Man arrested after shouting ‘womp, womp’ and pulling a gun on immigration protesters," 1 July 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

: a person's turn to buy drinks


\ ˈshau̇t \
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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to gather or build up little by little

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