variants or whoop-de-doo
: noisy and exuberant or attention-getting activity (as at a social affair or in a political campaign)
: a lively social affair
: agitated public discussion or debate

Word History


probably irregular from whoop entry 2

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of whoop-de-do was in 1910

Dictionary Entries Near whoop-de-do

Cite this Entry

“Whoop-de-do.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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