war whoop

noun

: a war cry especially of American Indians

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The terrible, undulating war whoops of the attackers were soon joined by sharp shrieks of women pierced by arrows and the cries of men being killed with pangas. Nick Turse, Teen Vogue, 14 Nov. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1739, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of war whoop was in 1739

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“War whoop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20whoop. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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