\ ˈhüp How to pronounce whoop (audio) , ˈhu̇p How to pronounce whoop (audio) , ˈ(h)wüp How to pronounce whoop (audio) , ˈ(h)wu̇p How to pronounce whoop (audio) \
whooped; whooping; whoops

Definition of whoop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to utter a whoop in expression of eagerness, enthusiasm, or enjoyment : shout
2 : to utter the cry or call of an animal (such as an owl or gibbon)
3 : to make the characteristic whoop of whooping cough
4a : to go or pass with a loud noise
b : to be rushed through by acclamation or with noisy support the bill whooped through both houses

transitive verb

1a : to utter or express with a whoop
b : to urge, drive, or cheer on with a whoop
2 : to agitate in behalf of
3 : raise, boost whoop up the price
whoop it up
1 : to celebrate riotously : carouse
2 : to stir up enthusiasm



Definition of whoop (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a loud yell expressive of eagerness, exuberance, or jubilation often used interjectionally
b : a shout of hunters or of people in battle or pursuit
2 : the loud cry or call of an animal (such as an owl, whooping crane, or gibbon) that resembles the sound of the word whoop
3 : the crowing intake of breath following a paroxysm in whooping cough
4 : a minimum amount or degree : the least bit not worth a whoop

Synonyms for whoop

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of whoop in a Sentence

Verb The children whooped with joy at the sight of all the presents. Noun let out a whoop of joy he acts so rudely that I doubt he gives a whoop about other people's feelings
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the first two episodes alone, there are four separate scenes where Uber employees whoop for their CEO like high school football fans cheering for a quarterback. Arielle Pardes, Wired, 14 Mar. 2022 At some moments, a voice from the audience would whoop with approval, or someone would enthusiastically begin clapping along with the beat, but they were met with almost defiant silence from the crowd. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 23 Jan. 2022 With more restaurants and entertainment venues opening up, some optimists are predicting the arrival of a new version of the Roaring ’20s, with hordes of merrymakers going out on the town to whoop it up. oregonlive, 4 Aug. 2021 Outside the castle walls, tens of thousands of well-wishers thronged the streets, cheering, waving and whooping as the retinue passed, escorted by mounted members of the Royal Household Cavalry in full regalia. Christina Boyle, latimes.com, 19 May 2018 The crowd, many clad in wool caps, gloves and down jackets, whooped and clapped and yelled with each new stunt. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Feb. 2018 Guests rose from their seats and whooped and hollered. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, 25 Oct. 2017 A thousand miles away, in Jones’ hometown of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., Angela Mallory whooped in excitement as the play unfolded on her television, and texted her son Derrin and tell him that his mentor had just scored in his first NFL game. Stefanie Loh, The Seattle Times, 14 Sep. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Miramir yelled, following her statement with a whoop of triumph. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 19 May 2022 The plane made a second failed attempt, eliciting another whoop from Mr. Dyer. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2022 Then the students would slap their mouths and make an insensitive war-whoop gesture. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 1 Jan. 2022 Estrada, in a Giants cap and black-and-orange plaid shirt, lets out a whoop. Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2021 My first thought after the whoop of joy in reaching the 14,505-foot summit west of Lone Pine, Calif., is getting off the mountain. Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 But some investors—and an undisclosed number of subscribers—seem to think Whoop is a big whoop. Lauren Goode, Wired, 8 Sep. 2021 Moore recounts the story of her mother, who, one day, while in the fields, erupts into an enthusiastic whoop. Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2021 Listening for the whoop of a siren is a tradition in much of the central and southern United States. Dennis Mersereau, Forbes, 28 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of whoop


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for whoop


Middle English whopen, houpen, from Anglo-French huper, of imitative origin

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\ ˈhüp How to pronounce whoop (audio) , ˈhu̇p \
whooped; whooping

Kids Definition of whoop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to shout or cheer loudly and strongly "It's the men from camp," the judge said. "They're searching for us." We started whooping.— Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows
2 : to make the high-pitched gasping sound that follows a coughing attack in whooping cough



Kids Definition of whoop (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud strong shout or cheer


intransitive verb
\ ˈhüp How to pronounce whoop (audio) , ˈhu̇p How to pronounce whoop (audio) \

Medical Definition of whoop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make the characteristic whoop of whooping cough



Medical Definition of whoop (Entry 2 of 2)

: the crowing intake of breath following a paroxysm in whooping cough

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