As a candidate, Washington was hooted down the steps of a Roman Catholic church.
Anything that smacked of dissent from the war mania was hooted out of town.
Owls came out and hooted at him, and animals ran about in the dark and made uncouth noises.
With regard to the last war of Paris, it deserves only to be hooted at.
He had flogged men for not saluting when he passed, yet he was hooted at every time he showed his head to the crowd.
Mother, they hooted us on the road to the Recreation Ground.
At first he saw only a crowd of men and boys, who jeered and hooted.
She still insisted that she was not in love with him; hooted at the idea of being engaged.
The Prince Regent of England hooted by mobs because of his conduct to his wife.
On his way to his carriage, on foot, he is hooted and menaced.
"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]