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[hol-er] /ˈhɒl ər/
verb (used without object)
to cry aloud; shout; yell:
Quit hollering into the phone.
verb (used with object)
to shout or yell (something):
He hollered insults back into the saloon.
a loud cry used to express pain or surprise, to attract attention, to call for help, etc.
Origin of holler1
1690-1700, Americanism; variant of holla (see hallo)


[hol-er] /ˈhɒl ər/
noun, South Midland and Southern U.S.
a hollow.
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for holler
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  • Caught him in a clearin' 'bout two miles back o' the holler.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Some folks are made to live in a holler tree, like me; some ain't.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • So 't you ain't goin' to say it's all holler an' empty, this world.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • He did not do much when he got to the fire but stand around and “holler.”

    A Boy I Knew and Four Dogs Laurence Hutton
  • And, long as you do know they're holler, you can keep a watch on 'em.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for holler


to shout or yell (something)
a shout; call
Word Origin
variant of C16 hollow, from holla, from French holà stop! (literally: ho there!)
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Word Origin and History for holler

1690s, American English, variant of hollo (1540s) "to shout," especially "to call to the hounds in hunting," related to hello. Cf. colloquial yeller for yellow, etc. As a style of singing (originally Southern U.S.), first recorded 1936. Related: Hollered; hollering. As a noun, from 1896, earlier hollar (1825).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for holler



(also holler-song) A Southern black folk song with spoken or shouted words, a precursor of the blues song: You find hollers in many of Leadbelly's recordings and songs (1930s+)


  1. To shout (1699+)
  2. To inform; sing, squeal: You think he wouldn't holler if they turned the heat on him? (1940s+)
  3. To complain; bitch: What's he hollering about now? (1904+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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