variants or less commonly shoutout
plural shout-outs also shoutouts
: a public expression of greeting, praise, or acknowledgement directed toward a person or group often as part of a performance, recording, or broadcast
She opened her acceptance speech with a shout-out to James Baldwin, the author of the book on which the movie was based, calling him "one of the greatest artists of our time."Neal Justin
Here are a few lyrical shout-outs to some of hip hop's favorite designers.Scott Poulson-Bryant
She even gave a shoutout to one of her former teachers on Twitter, and encouraged others to do the same.Emily Sweeney

Examples of shout-out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The House speaker set up a new website to split donations with Mr. Trump — and gave the URL a shout-out during his Fox News appearance. Luke Broadwater, New York Times, 31 May 2024 Brooks has gushed about what a wonderful father Gelin is and also gave him a special shout-out on Father’s Day last year. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 23 May 2024 Reynolds previously gave Swift a shout-out in Deadpool 2. Athena Sobhan, Peoplemag, 21 May 2024 Kelce arrived onstage Saturday to a highlight reel of his football plays, alongside a clip of him making a hand heart, a shout-out to his famous girlfriend. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 19 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for shout-out 

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Word History

First Known Use

1990, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shout-out was in 1990

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“Shout-out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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variants also shoutout
: a public expression of greeting, praise, or acknowledgment directed toward a person or group often as part of a performance, broadcast, or recording
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