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shout

verb \ ˈshau̇t \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of shout

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

shouter

noun

Examples of shout in a Sentence

  1. There's no need to shout at me.

  2. well-wishers shouted to departing passengers from the dock

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Origin and Etymology of shout

Middle English


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shout

noun

Definition of shout

: a loud cry or call

Examples of shout in a Sentence

  1. I gave a sudden shout of surprise when the shower abruptly turned ice-cold.

Recent Examples of shout from the Web

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First Known Use of shout

14th century



SHOUT Defined for English Language Learners

shout

verb

Definition of shout for English Language Learners

  • : to say (something) very loudly

  • : to make a sudden, loud cry


shout

noun

Definition of shout for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden, loud cry

  • : a person's turn to buy drinks


SHOUT Defined for Kids

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shout

verb \ ˈshau̇t \

Definition of shout for Students

shouted; shouting
1 : to make a sudden loud cry
  • We shouted with joy.
2 : to say in a loud voice
  • I shouted a warning.

Synonym Discussion of shout

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.

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shout

noun

Definition of shout for Students

: a sudden loud cry
  • a shout of surprise


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