\ 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

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

Significantly more alarming, in 2018, a gunman opened fire in the lobby of the hotel shouting anti-Trump rhetoric. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Everything We Know About the Trump Resort in Doral, Florida," 29 Aug. 2019 Frundt put the groceries in her maroon Toyota Avalon, shouted at the employee, and tried to drive her car into the employee, according to the statement. Mary Grace Keller,, "Police: ‘Crab leg bandit’ allegedly steals groceries from Eldersburg Martin’s, tries to hit employee with car," 16 Aug. 2019 In February, media reports said, several La Cañada High School students shouted racial and homophobic slurs during a CIF Southern Section championship game between La Cañada and Ontario’s Colony High School at Azusa Pacific University. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Community leaders want San Clemente High to apologize after alleged racial slurs against Lincoln students," 16 Sep. 2019 Dorval Darlier, a Haitian diplomat who had come from the Bahamian capital of Nassau, shouted in Creole, telling the crowd that sick people along with women and children should be evacuated before men. Washington Post, "‘This hour of darkness’ as Dorian toll rises in Bahamas," 9 Sep. 2019 Dorval Darlier, a Haitian diplomat who had come from the Bahamian capital of Nassau, shouted in Creole, telling the crowd that sick people along with women and children should be evacuated before men. Michael Weissenstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Rescue teams still trying to reach hurricane-flooded communities in Bahamas," 7 Sep. 2019 And get ready to shout Order up! through a small window over the griddle. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "Not to Brag BUT This Rent Week Omelet Rivals Any Diner's," 6 Sep. 2019 Skrillex even took a moment to shout out Gary Richards for his hard work on the event -- a nod that was met with earth-shattering applause. Megan Venzin, Billboard, "The Nine Best Moments of Electric Zoo 2019 Featuring Kaskade, Alison Wonderland, Dog Blood & More," 3 Sep. 2019 Even in this tense moment, Dreyfus (Louis Garrel) shouts out his innocence. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'An Officer and a Spy': Film Review | Venice 2019," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Graham gave a shout-out to women of all sizes, and also included @tayvfitness_ in her roundup, who said that even fitness influencers deal with stretch marks and changing bodies. Amber Brenza,, "Ashley Graham's Pregnant Nude Photo Is Being Recreated All Over Instagram Right Now," 22 Aug. 2019 Jamie's video also included a shout out to two beautiful horses, Chettah and Legend, who live on the property with the actor. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Jamie Foxx Shares Instagram Video of the Spectacular View of His Backyard," 3 Aug. 2019 Another player getting a shout out was rookie safety Jalen Thompson, whom the team picked up recently in the supplemental draft. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Cardinals haven't decided how much veterans like Larry Fitzgerald will play in preseason," 31 July 2019 Port Lavaca, Texas also deserves a special shout out for having the lowest median home price in the country. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "America's Best Beach Towns to Call Home," 19 June 2019 Visibly delighted by her Mugler moment, Hadid praised the designer on social media, summing up her feelings with a succinct shout out. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Meets Her Match in Vintage Mugler," 14 June 2019 Plus, the winning contestants sometimes get a shout out in the MasterChef Junior cookbooks that are released periodically. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's What 'MasterChef Junior' Winner Che Spiotta Actually Gets for Winning the 2019 Competition," 6 June 2019 All the core cast are there, including a prominently displayed, scrunchie-wearing Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), along with a shout out to season 3’s most important new location, the Starcourt Mall. Tim Stack,, "New Stranger Things 3 poster offers clues to top-secret plot," 4 June 2019 During this period, the brand got picked up by Sephora and even got a shout out from Kim Kardashian, who was apparently a fan. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Deciem’s Brandon Truaxe: the world’s most controversial beauty CEO, explained," 9 Oct. 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
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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