hoot

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Noun[edit]

hoot (plural hoots)

  1. A derisive cry or shout.
  2. The cry of an owl.
  3. (US, slang) A fun event or person. (See hootenanny)
  4. A small particle
    • 1878, John Hanson Beadle, Western Wilds, and the Men who Redeem Them, page 611, Jones Brothers, 1878 OCLC 7349592
      Well, it was Sunday morning, and the wheat nothing like ripe; but it was a chance, and I got onto my reaper and banged down every hoot of it before Monday night.

Usage notes[edit]

  • (small particle) The term is nearly always encountered in a negative sense in such phrases as don't care a hoot or don't give two hoots.
  • (derisive cry) The phrase a hoot and a holler has a very different meaning to hoot and holler. The former is a short distance, the latter is a verb of derisive cry.

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Verb[edit]

hoot (third-person singular simple present hoots, present participle hooting, simple past and past participle hooted)

  1. To cry out or shout in contempt.
    • Dryden
      Matrons and girls shall hoot at thee no more.
  2. To make the cry of an owl.
    • Shakespeare
      the clamorous owl that nightly hoots
  3. To assail with contemptuous cries or shouts; to follow with derisive shouts.
    • Jonathan Swift
      Partridge and his clan may hoot me for a cheat.

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Adjective[edit]

hoot

  1. hot

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Interjection[edit]

hoot

  1. Precedes a disagreeing or contradictory statement.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Frequently used in the set phrase Hoots mon.