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whoop

verb \ ˈhüp , ˈhu̇p , ˈhwüp , ˈhwu̇p , ˈwüp , ˈwu̇p \
Updated on: 25 Nov 2017

Definition of whoop

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
4 a : 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
1 a : 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

Examples of whoop in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of whoop

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


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whoop

noun

Definition of whoop

1 a : 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

Examples of whoop in a Sentence

  1. let out a whoop of joy

  2. he acts so rudely that I doubt he gives a whoop about other people's feelings

Recent Examples of whoop from the Web

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First Known Use of whoop

14th century



WHOOP Defined for English Language Learners

whoop

verb

Definition of whoop for English Language Learners

  • : to shout loudly in an enthusiastic or excited way


whoop

noun

Definition of whoop for English Language Learners

  • : a high, loud sound expressing enthusiasm or excitement


WHOOP Defined for Kids

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whoop

verb \ ˈhüp , ˈhu̇p \

Definition of whoop for Students

whooped; whooping
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

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whoop

noun

Definition of whoop for Students

: a loud strong shout or cheer

Medical Dictionary

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whoop

intransitive verb \ ˈhüp , ˈhu̇p \

medical Definition of whoop

: to make the characteristic whoop of whooping cough

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whoop

noun

medical Definition of whoop

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


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