\ 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

His lawyers alleged in the suit that police failed to de-escalate their encounter with Perkins by shouting orders at him and drawing their weapons. oregonlive, "City to pay $60,000 to settle lawsuit by suicidal man shot and wounded by Portland police in 2017," 30 Aug. 2019 While both cement the centerback position, Sané is the vocal leader of the backline, shouting out instructions from the first to the last whistle. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Lamine Sané stands out as vocal leader for Orlando City’s revamped backline," 27 Aug. 2019 Pistol unholstered and held low, Capozziello shouted at the driver to stick his hands out the window of the car, which appears in the video to be rolled up. Christine Dempsey,, "Report: Bridgeport cop uses gun to hit unarmed teen suspect," 19 Aug. 2019 When the boy’s 15-year-old brother came over, Amatullo shouted the slur at him, too, the brother testified., "Portland man convicted of hate crimes for yelling slurs at young boys, threatening them with knife," 17 July 2019 Robinson shouted, beckoning other scientists to gather around the screen. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Scientists spotted a rare giant squid swimming off the coast of Louisiana," 24 June 2019 In Newport Beach, the jury deliberated intensely for four days, with members shouting, slamming things and breaking into tears while suffering headaches, stomachaches and losing sleep, Burbage told reporters. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California man convicted of torture of pot dispensary owner," 16 Aug. 2019 Video taken by witnesses also showed him shouting the phrase. Fox News, "Sydney stabbing victim identified as sex worker, 24, who reportedly saw suspect before rampage," 15 Aug. 2019 When protesters did attempt to reason with those determined to detain Xu, they were shouted down, with many reduced to tears from fear and frustration. James Griffiths, CNN, "Mob violence tests the limits of Hong Kong's leaderless protest movement," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The effect is a mix of a studio spinning class and a YouTube live stream, as perky instructors give shout-outs to individual users who are puffing away in their living rooms hundreds of miles away. The Economist, "Peloton covets recurring revenue," 5 Sep. 2019 Multiple candidates, including Harris, gave shout-outs Wednesday to former presidential candidate Jay Inslee, the Washington State governor, who made climate change the centerpiece of his campaign. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "Kamala Harris lays out $10 trillion plan to fight climate change, says she’d ban plastic straws," 4 Sep. 2019 Starting Friday afternoon, Dorsey’s @jack account began unleashing a stream of more than a dozen tweets and retweets, including obscenities, shout-outs, threats and racial slurs. Marie C. Baca, Washington Post, "Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s account hacked," 30 Aug. 2019 Some of those individuals tried to raise money on their own through online GoFundMe crowd-funding campaigns, but made little progress until Pulte gave a shout-out Tweet urging his followers to help out. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit millionaire Bill Pulte: I'm not giving away my inheritance on Twitter," 29 Aug. 2019 His tweet was in response to a shout-out from Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise, a fellow Republican and the House minority whip, who suggested a trip to the White House might be in order for the team. CBS News, "Louisiana beats Curacao 8-0 to win Little League World Series," 26 Aug. 2019 Rihanna hopped off the plane in all black: Mega The brand gave her a shout-out on the 'gram: View this post on Instagram The lovely bad girl @badgalriri serving a hot Barbados look in our AW19 Osho top available soon! Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Rihanna Got Off a Plane Wearing Heels and a Wrap Skirt With a Thigh-High Split," 6 Aug. 2019 Producer Shonda Rhimes and Reese Witherspoon, with her Sunshine production company, have received shout-outs for creating more opportunities for women. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "How Marc Maron mansplained Hollywood sexism to Geena Davis," 9 Aug. 2019 Gaga also gave a shout out to Pride Month and acknowledged the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "Lady Gaga blows the roof off Apollo Theater show," 25 June 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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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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