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[huh-loo] /həˈlu/
interjection, noun, plural halloos, verb (used with or without object), hallooed, hallooing.
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Examples from the Web for halloo
Historical Examples
  • With song and halloo and blast of horns, they swept away into the forest.

  • Carefully trying to place it in his scarf, he heard the halloo, 'Who goes there?'

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
  • There had been another ride when he had come to her in a halloo of storms.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • So I stood in my boat waving the cloak over my head and shouting “halloo!”

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • Keep the boy close beside you, and when you need help, halloo.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Even as I was about to lift up my voice to halloo unto her, lo!

  • At that instant a loud shout smote his ear; it was the halloo of his pursuers.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • He gave a halloo, which attracted Fred's attention, and then he beckoned to him.

  • John and Rob put their hands to their mouths and gave a loud “halloo!”

  • And, at the second “halloo,” he slew Her brothers with locks of yellow hue.

    Child Maidelvold Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for halloo


sentence substitute
a shout to attract attention, esp to call hounds at a hunt
noun (pl) -loos, -los, -loas
a shout of "halloo"
verb -loos, -looing, -looed, -los, -loing, -loed, -loas, -loaing, -loaed
to shout (something) to (someone)
(transitive) to urge on or incite (dogs) with shouts
Word Origin
C16: perhaps variant of hallow to encourage hounds by shouting
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