war whoop


: a war cry especially of American Indians

Examples of war whoop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the whole room just went up into applause and war whoops. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Oct. 2023 Still, such calls may be akin to simple war whoops or cheers; transient vocabularies are truncated compared with those of the residents. Glen Martin, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Carr had mocked Senator Elizabeth Warren with a war whoop. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 6 July 2023 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 13 Jun. 2024.

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