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  1. Exclamation indicating excitement or enthusiasm.
    • 2001: David J. Shayler, Gemini
      'Whoop-de-doo!', yelled a surprised Conrad as the large engine ignited in front of them. That's the biggest thrill of my life.'
    • 2002: Kylie Adams, Baby, Baby
      Tatiana rolled her eyes and waved a finger in the air. "Whoop dee doo."


whoop-de-doo (comparative more whoop-de-doo, superlative most whoop-de-doo)

  1. Causing or marked by excitement, enthusiasm, or showiness.
    • 1996: Florence King, The Florence King Reader
      Piscops are appalled by whoop-dee-doo gospel selections like "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam" and "Brighten the Corner Where You Are."
    • 2000: Robert Christgau, Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s
      ...they presuppose not only disposable income but a commitment to affluence that insures the ultimate banality of the CD'S concrète-naif sound effects and whoop-de-doo chord changes.


whoop-de-doo (plural whoop-de-doos)

  1. A commotion or frenzy of activity or excitement.
    • 1972: Alec Wilder, American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950
      And, without any dramatic whoop-de-doo at the close of this song, he merely restates his simple, sentimental first phrase.
    • 2001: Dick Harte, Off Season
      We had to see what the whoop-dee-doo was all about, these crowds of Catholics trekking here for hundreds of years.
  2. An event marked by such commotion, activity, or excitement.
    • 2003: Marshall Chapman, Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller
      It was a big whoop-de-doo. Hanes Auditorium was packed to the gills.

Usage notes[edit]

  • All forms of whoop-de-doo are often used in a sarcastic sense.