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.
- I heard the hoot of an owl.
- (US, slang) A fun event or person. (See hootenanny)
- The party at the weekend was such a hoot! Thanks for the invite.
- A small particle; a whit or jot.
- Synonym: (dated) hooter
- We don't care a hoot about what you think.
- (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.
- (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.
- 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, a hoo.
- c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [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.
- Mary felt extremely offended when the workers hooted at her.
- To sound the horn of a vehicle
- When you arrive to pick me up, hoot, and I'll come outside.
- Nominative plural form of hoo.
- English: hot
- Precedes a disagreeing or contradictory statement.
- An expression of annoyance or disapproval.
- hoot awa
- hoot aye
- hoot fie, hoot fye
- hoot mon, hoots mon
- hoot na
- hoot-toot, hoots-toots, hout tout
hoot (plural hoots)
- A term of contempt.
- houttie (“irritable”)