whoop-de-do

noun
\ ˌh(w)üp-dē-ˈdü How to pronounce whoop-de-do (audio) , ˌh(w)u̇p- How to pronounce whoop-de-do (audio) , -tē- \
variants: or whoop-de-doo

Definition of whoop-de-do

1 : noisy and exuberant or attention-getting activity (as at a social affair or in a political campaign)
2 : a lively social affair
3 : agitated public discussion or debate

First Known Use of whoop-de-do

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for whoop-de-do

probably irregular from whoop entry 2

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

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“Whoop-de-do.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whoop-de-do. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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