\ ˈshau̇t How to pronounce shout (audio) \
shouted; shouting; shouts

Definition of shout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to utter a sudden loud cry
2 : to command attention as if by shouting a quality that shouts from good novels— John Gardner

transitive verb

1 : to utter in a loud voice
2 : to cause to be, come, or stop by or as if by shouting shouted himself hoarse the proponents shouted down the opposition



Definition of shout (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud cry or call

Other Words from shout


shouter noun

Synonyms for shout

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of shout in a Sentence

Verb There's no need to shout at me. well-wishers shouted to departing passengers from the dock Noun I gave a sudden shout of surprise when the shower abruptly turned ice-cold.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There were times when fans would hurl insults about his eyes or shout names of Chinese takeout dishes at him during games. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 16 June 2022 Those two years just drove it home that this is a very special thing to be able to stand in front of people who have paid a lot of money to sit in a dark room to see people shout at each other. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 June 2022 Someone can shout harassment, hate or misinformation, and then others pile on. Jessica Maddox, The Conversation, 3 May 2022 The disaster ignited widespread anger in Abadan, where residents alleging government negligence gathered nightly at the site of the collapse to shout slogans against the Islamic Republic. Isabel Debre,, 31 May 2022 Opposing teams shout a little louder than normal, Barrera said, to try to get in Albayati’s head. Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2022 This is not a product that wants to shout its wealth and knowledge. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 27 May 2022 And don’t forget the other honorary dads in your life—shout out to the grandfathers, brothers, husbands, and friends. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 6 May 2022 Southside in that gray Gothic font make these uniforms tough to beat and popular among anyone who lives on the Southside of any city (shout out to Alief, Texas). Matt Young, Chron, 20 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In her opening speech, Alverio gave a special shout-out to all the high school students who were in attendance, noting how important their presence is to the audience. Deidre Montague, Hartford Courant, 7 June 2022 In another touching moment, the brothers gave a shout-out to one of their oldest fans, who was unable to attend the show. Melody Chiu,, 5 June 2022 Balogun also thanked the LVMH jury and Delphine Arnault, adding a special shout-out to his family, members of whom were in the room. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 2 June 2022 Chris Brockaway, owner of Broc Cellars in Berkeley, said Jonathan Waters gave his natural wine brand one of its first big breaks — a shout-out in a San Francisco Chronicle article — and then a spot on the Chez Panisse wine list. Jess Lander, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 June 2022 A month later, infamous anti-vaxxer Naomi Wolf gave Moms for Liberty a shout-out on the Tucker Carlson show. Laura Jedeed, The New Republic, 31 May 2022 But more stages mean more touring comedians and top performers are cashing in and giving comedy the shout-out that has the potential to benefit all comedians and venues. Nancy Berk, Forbes, 26 May 2022 The effort initially appeared to have broad support, with Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) giving it a shout-out in his first speech to the General Assembly. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 And a shout-out to Stevens for going all out to acquire White. Globe Staff,, 24 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shout


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


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shout


Middle English

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More Definitions for shout


\ ˈshau̇t How to pronounce shout (audio) \
shouted; shouting

Kids Definition of shout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make a sudden loud cry We shouted with joy.
2 : to say in a loud voice I shouted a warning.



Kids Definition of shout (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sudden loud cry a shout of surprise

Choose the Right Synonym for shout


shout, shriek, and screech mean to utter a loud cry. shout means any kind of loud cry meant to be heard either far away or above other noise. We shouted to them across the river. shriek means a high-pitched cry that is a sign of strong feeling. The children shrieked with excitement. screech means an extended shriek that is usually without words and very harsh and unpleasant. The cats fought and screeched.

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