whoop

verb
\ ˈhüp , ˈhu̇p , ˈhwüp , ˈhwu̇p , ˈwüp , ˈwu̇p \
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

whoop

noun

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

beans, continental, darn (also durn), fig, hoot, iota, jot, lick, modicum, rap, syllable, tittle, whit

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Everyone had cheered when Ovechkin and Holtby came out, but the Caps fans stood up and whooped. Charlotte Wilder, SI.com, "All Hail the Summer of Alexander Ovechkin," 12 June 2018 Taylor Swift’s need to have her ass whooped is a passive observation by Monique, not hate speech. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Make the Mailbag Great Again," 15 June 2018 As a lieutenant in the Battle of Bladensburg, Key and his men, got their behinds whooped on the battlefield by the Colonial Marines—runaway American slaves, who fought as sailors and soldiers for the British in return for their freedom. Felice León, The Root, "The National Anthem Is Racist, and We Made a Video in Case You Forgot," 4 July 2018 Dino Otto, 22, of Sacramento, behind cheers from his aunt, who was whooping after nearly every point, was dominating his opponent, Shane York, from Ohio. Alexa Philippou, The Seattle Times, "Northern California bocce team, new to USA Games, shines in singles pool play," 2 July 2018 The whole class was whooping and clapping for me, the instructor looking like a mother whose child just won the Olympics. Ilana Strauss, SELF, "I Was Terrified of Falling, So I Tried Parkour," 9 July 2018 The pair was whooping it up on the Celtics' bench during this beatdown. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "Marcus Morris, Celtics beat up on LeBron James and Cavs, 108-83 in Game 1," 13 May 2018 The first ladies of Bravo will be whooping it up again this July. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "The Real Housewives of Orange County," 11 June 2018 Last night’s moviegoers whooped and hollered at the film’s final scene before climbing aboard a bus which took everyone to the scene of the (onscreen) crime: the Met. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "All the Stars Turned Out for the World Premiere of Ocean’s 8," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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 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 The groups all hung out on the small platform together, tapping in and out for alternating performances and often accompanying one another with whoops and claps from behind. Tim Greiving, latimes.com, "The concert was at a hospital. The instrument was the human body," 10 Apr. 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 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

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First Known Use of whoop

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for whoop

Verb

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

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The first known use of whoop was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for whoop

whoop

verb

English Language Learners Definition of whoop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shout loudly in an enthusiastic or excited way

whoop

noun

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

: a high, loud sound expressing enthusiasm or excitement

whoop

verb
\ ˈhüp , 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

whoop

noun

Kids Definition of whoop (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud strong shout or cheer

\ ˈhüp , ˈhu̇p \

Medical Definition of whoop 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to make the characteristic whoop of whooping cough

whoop

noun

Medical Definition of whoop (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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