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From Middle English hallow (pursue, urge on), from Old French haloer, which is imitative.



  1. Used to greet someone, or to catch their attention.
  2. Used in hunting to urge on the pursuers.


halloo (plural halloos)

  1. A shout of halloo.
    • Milton
      List! List! I hear / Some far-off halloo break the silent air.


halloo (third-person singular simple present halloos or hallooes, present participle hallooing, simple past and past participle hallooed)

  1. To shout halloo.
    • 1857, S. H. Hammond, Wild Northern Scenes[1]:
      As our object was rather to enjoy the music of the chase, than to capture the deer, they shouted and hallooed as he entered the water, and he wheeled back, and went tearing in huge affright through the woods, up the island again.
    • 1907, William Hope Hodgson, The Boats of the "Glen Carrig"[2]:
      As we ran, we hallooed, and so came upon the boy, and I saw that he had my sword.
    • 1917, Charles S. Brooks, There's Pippins And Cheese To Come[3]:
      We hallooed again, to rouse the trapper.
  2. To encourage with shouts.
    • Prior
      Old John hallooes his hounds again.
  3. To chase with shouts or outcries.
    • Shakespeare
      If I fly [] / Halloo me like a hare.
  4. To call or shout to; to hail.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)