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[hol-uh] /ˈhɒl ə/
(used as an informal greeting.)
(an informal exclamation of enthusiasm, joy, etc.)
(used especially during a hunt) hallo.
Obsolete. cease! halt!
Also, hollo [hol-oh] /ˈhɒl oʊ/ (Show IPA).
Origin of holla
1500-50; < Middle French hola, equivalent to ho ‘ahoy’ + la ‘there’ Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hollo
Historical Examples
  • The sound which elicited this exclamation was a loud "hollo!"

    The Young Miner Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • "I can't hear a word, when you hollo in that way, not a word," said Mrs. Leake.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • hollo, if Percy has not taken the monkey himself; that's a pass beyond me.

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • hollo, Sam,” said Mr Tankardew again, in a more subdued voice.

    Nearly Lost but Dearly Won Theodore P. Wilson
  • I thought Guy did not half like it the other day, when he rode up with his "hollo, Morville!"

    The Heir of Redclyffe Charlotte M. Yonge
  • "hollo, don't kill the fellow," exclaimed Chifney running up.

  • You would have heard me hollo my own new ballad with a voice should have reached to Berwick.

    The Abbot Sir Walter Scott
  • Papa said I was the only one fit to make a sailor of—at least, he said I was smart, and—hollo!

    The Stokesley Secret Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Why didn't you hollo, instead of letting me stand here guessing?

    April Hopes William Dean Howells
  • An' they hunted, an' they hollo'd, an' they blew their horns also.

British Dictionary definitions for hollo


noun (pl) -los, -las, -loas (-ˈləʊz)
a cry for attention, or of encouragement
a cry for attention, or of encouragement
(intransitive) to shout
Word Origin
C16: from French holà ho there!
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Word Origin and History for hollo


as a command to "stop, cease," 1520s, from French holà (15c.). As a command to get attention, from 1580s. As an urban slang form of holler (v.) and meaning "greet, shout out to," it was in use by 2003.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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