From Middle English houten, huten, hoten, of North Germanic origin, from or related to Old Swedish huta (“to cast out in contempt”), related to Middle High German hiuzen, hūzen (“to call to pursuit”), Swedish hut! (“begone!”, interjection), Dutch hui (“ho, hallo”), Danish huj (“ho, hallo”).
hoot (plural hoots)
- A derisive cry or shout.
- The cry of an owl.
- (US, slang) A fun event or person. (See hootenanny)
- A small particle
- (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.
- To cry out or shout in contempt.
1711, John Dryden, “Satire IX”, in Dryden’s Juvenal:
- Matrons and girls shall hoot at thee no more,
- To make the cry of an owl.
c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, A Midsommer Nights Dreame. As it Hath Beene Sundry Times Publikely Acted, by the Right Honourable, the Lord Chamberlaine his Seruants, [London]: Printed by Iames Roberts, published 1600, OCLC 35186948, [Act II, scene ii]:
- The clamorous owl that nightly hoots and wonders / At our quaint spirits.
- To assail with contemptuous cries or shouts; to follow with derisive shouts.
- To sound the horn of a vehicle
- English: hot
- Precedes a disagreeing or contradictory statement.