hootenanny

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Unknown; potentially Scottish. Use is tied to the Appalachian culture in the US.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

hootenanny (plural hootenannies)

  1. (obsolete) A Placeholder word for a nonspecific or forgotten thing (see thingamajig, whatchamacallit)
  2. An informal, festive performance by folk singers, often including audience participation with the use of acoustic instruments.