\ 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

Synonyms: Noun

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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

Verb There's no need to shout at me. well-wishers shouted to departing passengers from the dock Noun I gave a sudden shout of surprise when the shower abruptly turned ice-cold.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There wasn't much to shout about for Borussia Dortmund with such a poor first-half display in defence and arguably an even worse one in attack but the hosts were a completely different team after half-time thanks to an early goal from Achraf Hakimi., "Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Inter: Report, Ratings & Reaction as BVB Complete Historic UCL Comeback," 5 Nov. 2019 Hamilton shouted to his team over the car radio after the checkered flag. Jim Vertuno, Houston Chronicle, "Lewis Hamilton clinches his 6th F1 championship at U.S. Grand Prix," 3 Nov. 2019 In the future, shut (or shout) this down, but don’t surrender your own humanity. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "At family gatherings, play ‘please pass the politics’," 29 Oct. 2019 In the future, shut (or shout) this down, but don’t surrender your own humanity. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: At family gatherings, play “please pass the politics”," 29 Oct. 2019 Ibrahimović was escorted off while the fan continued to shout. Thomas Hindle, USA TODAY, "Zlatan Ibrahimović grabs crotch, stares down LAFC fan following MLS playoff loss," 25 Oct. 2019 Police were also using a bullhorn to shout into the home and were broadcasting loud siren noises at the home. Madeline Mitchell,, "SWAT spends 2 hours at a Green Township home. Suspect they wanted gets arrested 3 miles away," 17 Oct. 2019 From the moment the meeting opened, one of the leaders of those insurgents, state Rep. Chris England, stood to shout points of orders at Worley, who did her best to ignore him. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Alabama Democrat chairwoman waves a middle finger at the DNC," 14 Oct. 2019 Vernon also shares the names of each charity partner with the band’s 756,000 Twitter followers and 564,000 Instagram followers, and takes time onstage to shout out their efforts. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Bon Iver's 2ABillion Campaign Brings Fight Against Sexual Violence on Tour," 11 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hill estimated that 70% of his shout-outs are fantasy football-related. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ray Lewis will bless your wedding anniversary. Or RG3 could smack talk your buddy - if the price is right.," 7 Nov. 2019 My power-lifting and body-building buddies got a shout-out in the acknowledgements. Dan Rockmore, The New Yorker, "The Myth and Magic of Generating New Ideas," 7 Nov. 2019 The segment, which features family members giving a shout-out to loved ones in the armed forces, started nearly 15 years ago. Robin Meade, Woman's Day, "Robin Meade's "Salute To Troops" Segment Is The Dose of Kindness The World Needs," 4 Nov. 2019 Finally, a quick shout-out to Mexican side Tigres, who prepared for their match against Toluca by posing for a quick pre-game photo wearing some incredible masks., "11 of the Best, Most Chilling, Spooktacular Costumes Worn by Footballers This Halloween," 1 Nov. 2019 But Kelly gave a shout-out to one woman on a guy’s shoulders, inspiring other women to do the same. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Young Thug lacks style, Machine Gun Kelly lacks substance, at Eagles Ballroom show in Milwaukee," 28 Oct. 2019 Premieres tend to be celebratory affairs, filled with shout-outs to production teams and studios executives. NBC News, ""Just Mercy" tells the story of Walter McMillian, a wrongfully convicted man who fights a flawed criminal justice system," 24 Oct. 2019 These products deserve a special shout-out for packaging innovations that move the sustainability dial in the right direction. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "The 2019 Good Housekeeping Sustainable Packaging Awards," 18 Oct. 2019 Thierry Delettre’s fine costumes and the warm score by Romain Trouillet also deserve a shout-out. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Playful, artfully done ‘Cyrano, My Love’ delivers romance with panache," 17 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of shout was in the 14th century

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11 Nov 2019

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“Shout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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How to pronounce shout (audio)

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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