\ ˈhüp How to pronounce whoop (audio) , ˈhu̇p, ˈhwüp, ˈhwu̇p How to pronounce whoop (audio) , ˈwüp How to pronounce whoop (audio) , ˈwu̇p 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

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Synonyms for whoop

Synonyms: Noun

cry, holler, hoot, howl, shout, yell, yowl

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Examples of whoop in a Sentence


The children whooped with joy at the sight of all the presents.


let out a whoop of joy he acts so rudely that I doubt he gives a whoop about other people's feelings
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Coming up: Immigrants from Switzerland settled Alma, so whoop it up at Swiss Heritage Days, July 26-27. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "3 small towns for a summer getaway in Wisconsin," 11 July 2018 The crowd roared in wonder, then stood again, whooping like farmers and cowmen. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "Shirley Jones Returns to “Oklahoma!” with Her Teen-Idol Son," 17 June 2019 Cheers and whoops drowned out the pop music blaring from the loudspeakers. Laura Parker, WSJ, "The Next Generation of Competitive Gamers Is…Over 60?," 14 May 2019 Crowds draped in white-blue-red Russian flags sang folk songs and whooped wildly in the marbled corridors of the St. Petersburg subway. Fox News, "Russian fans celebrate once-maligned team as heroes," 19 June 2018 Over the past eight years, Candace has appeared in a whooping 18 Hallmark movies, including nine for the Aurora Teagarden mystery series. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Candace Cameron Bure's Net Worth Proves There's Nothing the 'Fuller House' Star Can't Do," 19 Mar. 2019 Star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has talked about retiring after this latest NFL title, whooped it up with his brothers and father. Philip Marcelo, The Seattle Times, "What a (familiar) feeling: Boston fetes Super Bowl winners," 6 Feb. 2019 Just to qualify for the World Series, the Red Sox first whooped the 100-win Yankees in the first round, then the 103-win Houston Astros in the ALCS. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Boston Red Sox: Greatest Season of All Time?," 29 Oct. 2018 Miranda’s father, Luis A. Miranda, Jr., announced the multimillion dollar goal onstage while guests clapped and whooped in unison. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Lin-Manuel Miranda Received a Standing Ovation at Hamilton’s Opening Night in Puerto Rico," 14 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The crowd in this high school gym whoops and claps, and, oh yes, that kid with the great court vision who just tossed down the ball so effortlessly? Michael Powell, New York Times, "Canada Becomes a Basketball Factory," 8 June 2019 But then again, sometimes cringe-y things happen when the cameras are rolling — like when Jenna Bush Hager flaunted a bracelet from Kathie Lee Gifford that was really meant for her fourth-hour co-star Hoda Kotb (whoops!). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Stars Al Roker, Dylan Dreyer, and Craig Melvin Made the Show SUPER Awkward," 30 Apr. 2019 People pulled together, as the London String Group accompanied the proceedings, and resounding whoops were heard from the drama students in the balconies. Vogue, "Claire Foy, Idris Elba, Anna Wintour, Sophie Okonedo, Ralph Fiennes, and the Cast of Hamilton Fete the 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards," 19 Nov. 2018 And Chuck finally, half-heartedly, after being threatened/blackmailed/confronted/reminded of the truth by Jenny, apologizes for, whoops, trying to rape her. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018 Every few minutes, it would be hoisted in the air to whoops and smiles. Adam Kilgore, chicagotribune.com, "What happened in Vegas: All night with the Capitals and the Stanley Cup," 8 June 2018 Do my math and go to the payments website to give them $444 and whoops! Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "From broken AC to missing cleaners, a day in the life of an Airbnb host," 12 July 2018 Surrounded by toxins Juana Leilani recalls the shrill whoops from the chemical alarms that kept sounding as Scud missiles landed around them in Saudi Arabia at the start of the war. Bill Lambrecht, Houston Chronicle, "Veterans Affairs chief’s firing hurt vets’ medical effort," 13 May 2018 Mistake Fares, Decoded For the most part, mistake fares come down to an itty-bitty human or technical error—like, whoops, that $154 flight actually costs $1,540. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Booking a 'Mistake Fare' Really Means," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of whoop


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


14th 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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English Language Learners Definition of whoop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : to shout loudly in an enthusiastic or excited way



English Language Learners Definition of whoop (Entry 2 of 2)

: a high, loud sound expressing enthusiasm or excitement


\ 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
\ 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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