\ 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

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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 Gores is a personable billionaire who whoops it up on the sidelines and has a reputation as a player-friendly owner, video-chatting and texting with athletes. Laurence Darmientostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Troubled companies made him billions. A prison phone investment made him enemies," 5 Sep. 2019 While the nation grieved Saturday's deadly mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas Wal-Mart, President Trump was ... whooping it up at a wedding at his New Jersey golf club. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "When the Nation Mourns, Trump Chills," 5 Aug. 2019 Hyde loved watching Santander interacting with the fans, with the outfielder whooping up the crowd and giving out baseballs with his grin visible from the dugout — and his parents’ seats behind home plate. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles’ Anthony Santander proving worth the cheers as he rounds into consistent major league hitter," 9 Aug. 2019 Ballmer’s energy and impressive ability to whoop is well known in the tech industry. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Steve Ballmer is still very hyped," 24 July 2019 There are plenty of delectably cheesy scenes of Afro-sporting dancers and the host, inevitably clad in a sparkly blazer, all whooping it up beneath a disco ball on the show’s chintzy set. oregonlive.com, "‘Sherman’s Showcase’ review: A goofy, funny parody of vintage TV shows like ‘Soul Train’ and ‘Solid Gold’," 25 July 2019 Well, Saturday night, on the fourth stop of his tour’s North American leg, Jackman filled St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center with an impressively diverse crowd of about 14,000 fans ready to whoop it up with a movie star in a hockey arena. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Hugh Jackman earns the ‘Greatest Showman’ title in campy, engaging show at the X," 22 June 2019 More than 1,000 audience members whooped, clapped and even wept as John Legend portrayed Jesus, Sara Bareilles played Mary Magdalene and Alice Cooper took on the role of Herod in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s religious rock opera. Jonathan Merritt, Washington Post, "‘Glorious glitter bomb’: Critics loved ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ but much of religious America was unimpressed," 2 Apr. 2018 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On a spring afternoon in Atlanta, Sara struts down a runway amid cheers and whoops. Mayra Cuevas, CNN, "How sexual abuse survivors are finding strength and dignity through fashion," 6 June 2019 The torque slams me into my seat back and squeezes out of me a whoop. Fortune, "Electric Car Gold Rush: The Auto Industry Charges Into China," 20 Aug. 2019 Nickelodeon picked up the show with more of a shrug than a whoop. Darryn King, Longreads, "The Young Man and the Sea Sponge," 13 Aug. 2019 Two young brothers were trying to get pictures of their idols outside of Liverpool's Melwood Training Ground last weekend when one of the boys saw Salah's car and raced after it and -- whoops! Plowed straight into a lamp post. Aj Willingham, CNN, "A grandma's amazing adventure, a sweet soccer fan and a few thousand acres of sunflowers," 17 Aug. 2019 Vocalizations keep hyena societies intact: Their classic whoop serves to recruit more hyenas during a fight with lions, advertise a male’s fitness, or simply communicate with other hyenas about location. Christine Dell'amore, National Geographic, "Hyenas have a bad rap—but they’re Africa’s most successful predator," 14 June 2019 Punch surveys the bleating lowlifes ringed around him on the beach, cheering, laughing, waiting for the next act, but their whoops sound fake, their howls of laughter hollow. Robert Coover, The New Yorker, "Citizen Punch," 18 July 2019 The 4014 was retired in late 1961, and spent the next 52 years eliciting gasps and whoops of delight at the RailGiants Train Museum in Pomona, California. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Big Boy 4014 is Such a Badass Train," 13 June 2019 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

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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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11 Oct 2019

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

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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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