\ ˈshau̇t-ˌau̇t How to pronounce shout-out (audio) \
variants: or less commonly shoutout
plural shout-outs also shoutouts

Definition of shout-out

: 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

First Known Use of shout-out

1990, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shout-out was in 1990

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shout oneself hoarse


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“Shout-out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shout-out

: an expression of greeting or praise that is given to someone in the presence of many people


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