sound off


sounded off; sounding off; sounds off

intransitive verb

: to play three chords before and after marching up and down a line of troops during a ceremonial parade or formal guard mount
: to count cadence while marching
: to speak up in a loud voice
: to voice one's opinions freely and vigorously

Examples of sound off in a Sentence

she never missed a chance to sound off about the latest “stupid” political decisions the guard captain commanded each sentry to sound off
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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sound off was in 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Sound off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

sound off

: to count while marching
: to voice one's opinions freely with force
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