“ John F. Kennedy Jr. was a hoot to do at his first convention,” Sheehan says.
I thought you were a hoot on Community as the lawyer for the estate of Pierce.
hooters is cleverly asking me to “Give a hoot” about breast cancer.
Finally, their $70 a month budget for entertainment is a hoot.
The Explosion at the Wig Factory was about as big of a hoot as you can comfortably call a tragedy like an explosion.
It is only a day almost since I have found it out, broken away from it, got hold of the sky to hoot at it with.
Consternation was excited in the traffic ahead of us by the hoot of the car.
hoot not thou, my falcon, unhappy thy quest, In the depths of the lake thy cuckoo doth rest.
Then with a mountaineer's hoot, he gayly proclaimed his identity.
Most of these cries which frighten people so are made by hoot owls.
"to call or shout in disapproval or scorn," c.1600, probably related to or from huten, "to shout, call out" (c.1200), probably ultimately imitative. First used of bird cries, especially that of the owl, mid-15c. Related: Hooted; hooting. As a noun from mid-15c. Meaning "a laugh, something funny" is first recorded 1942. Slang sense of "smallest amount or particle" (The hoot you don't give when you don't care) is from 1891.
"A dod blasted ole fool!" answered the captain, who, till now, had been merely an amused on-looker. "Ye know all this rumpus wont do nobuddy a hoot o' good--not a hoot." ["Alonge Traverse Shores," Traverse City, Michigan, 1891]Hooter in the same sense is from 1839.
HOOTER. Probably a corruption of iota. Common in New York in such phrases as "I don't care a hooter for him." "This note ain't worth a hooter." [John Russell Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1877]