From Middle English whopen, whowpen, howpen, houpen (“to whoop, cry out”), partially from Old French houper, hopper, houpper (“to shout”), from Proto-Germanic *hwōpaną (“to boast, threaten”) (compare Gothic 𐍈𐍉𐍀𐌰𐌽 (ƕōpan, “to boast”), Old English hwōpan (“to threaten”)); and partially from Middle English wop (“weeping, lamentation”), from Old English wōp (“cry, outcry, shrieking, weeping, lamentation”), from Proto-Germanic *wōpaz (“shout, cry, wail”) (compare Old Norse ópa (“to cry, scream, shout”), Gothic 𐍅𐍉𐍀𐌾𐌰𐌽 (wōpjan, “to cry out”)).
- enPR: wo͞op, hwo͞op, IPA(key): /wuːp/, /ʍuːp/ or enPR: ho͞op, IPA(key): /huːp/
- Rhymes: -uːp
- Homophone: hoop (for one pronunciation of the noun and the associated intransitive verb)
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whoop (plural whoops)
- A loud, eager cry, usually of joy.
- 1983, The Fisherman Who Laughed, page 30:
- [A] great whoop of victory sounded as finally they carried the fish up the beach.
- A gasp, characteristic of whooping cough.
- A bump on a racetrack.
- Synonym of
- 2006, Steve Casper, ATVs: Everything You Need to Know (page 104)
- The key to jamming through the whoops is to keep your weight to the back of the quad […] and keep the front wheels high […]
- 2009, Lee Klancher, Kevin Cameron, Motorcycle Dream Garages (page 184)
- The “98 MPH” sign used to be on a set of particularly vicious whoops at one of John's favorite racetracks.
- (intransitive) To make a whoop.
- (transitive) To shout, to yell.
- 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 7, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- I made a speaking trumpet of my hands and commenced to whoop “Ahoy!” and “Hello!” at the top of my lungs. […] The Colonel woke up, and, after asking what in brimstone was the matter, opened his mouth and roared “Hi!” and “Hello!” like the bull of Bashan.
- To cough or breathe with a sonorous inspiration, as in whooping cough.
- (transitive, obsolete) To insult with shouts; to chase with derision.
- c. 1608–1609, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, 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 IV, scene v]:
- And suffered me by the voice of slaves to be / Whooped out of Rome.
- See also Thesaurus:shout
Corruption of whip.