- to cry out or shout, especially in disapproval or derision.
- to utter the cry characteristic of an owl.
- to utter a similar sound.
- Chiefly British. to blow a horn or whistle; toot.
- to assail with shouts of disapproval or derision: The fans hooted the umpire.
- to drive out, off, or away by hooting.
- to express in hoots: The crowd hooted its disagreement with the speaker.
- the cry of an owl.
- any similar sound, as an inarticulate shout.
- a cry or shout, especially of disapproval or derision.
- British. a horn, siren, or whistle, especially a factory whistle.
- Informal. the least bit of concern, interest, or thought; trifle: His religion doesn't matter a hoot to me.
- Slang. an extremely funny person, situation, or event: Your cousin is such a hoot!
- not give/care a hoot, Informal. to not care at all: I don't give a hoot.Also not give/care two hoots.
Origin of hoot1
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Examples from the Web for hooting
People took to the darkened streets for the first time in weeks, honking horns and hooting.Israel and Hamas Strike Peace Deal
November 21, 2012
Her mother and I watched her jump around after the ball, hooting with every team basket.Jodie Foster Blasts Kristen Stewart–Robert Pattinson Break-Up Spectacle
August 15, 2012
If Romney had said it, the liberal blogosphere would be hooting and howling, me included.Michael Tomasky on Obama’s Gaffe and How His Campaign Lost Its Groove
June 9, 2012
To go to bed every night with the sound of hooting in my ears!The Mob (Third Series Plays)
"I'd like to shoot that owl," he told himself, as the hooting continued.Dave Porter At Bear Camp
I gave Smith instructions to stay where he was unless he heard the hooting of an owl.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
He heard two hooting to each other, the one in A flat, and the other in B flat.The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1
The hooting of an owl about a house was considered a sign of ill luck, if not of death.Welsh Folk-Lore
- the mournful wavering cry of some owls
- a similar sound, such as that of a train whistle
- a jeer of derision
- informal an amusing person or thingthe weekend was a hoot
- not give a hoot not to care at all
- (often foll by at) to jeer or yell (something) contemptuously (at someone)
- (tr) to drive (political speakers, actors on stage, etc) off or away by hooting
- (intr) to make a hoot
- (intr) British to blow a horn
- an exclamation of impatience or dissatisfaction: a supposed Scotticism
- Australian and NZ a slang word for money
Word Origin and History for hooting
"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]