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shout

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verb (used without object)
  1. to call or cry out loudly and vigorously.
  2. to speak or laugh noisily or unrestrainedly.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to utter or yell (something) loudly.
  2. Australian. to treat (another) to a drink, meal, amusement, or the like.
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noun
  1. a loud call or cry: He gave a shout for help.
  2. a sudden loud outburst, as of laughter.
  3. the act of calling or crying out loudly.
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Origin of shout

1300–50; Middle English shoute (noun), shouten (v.); compare Old Norse skūta to scold, chide, skūti, skūta a taunt; akin to shoot1
Related formsshout·er, nounhalf-shout·ed, adjectiveun·shout·ed, adjectiveun·shout·ing, adjective

Synonyms

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1. yell, vociferate, exclaim.

Synonym study

1. See cry.

Antonyms

1. whisper.
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Examples from the Web for shout

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Historical Examples

  • Andy became aware that his shout had been only a dry whisper.

  • "Why, it is the hedgerows," roared John, with a shout of laughter.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Before anything more could be said there was a shout from the roadway near them.

  • Would you have Crane get out on the housetop an' shout to you to go an' cruel Porter's mare?

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • Was it not, then, the shout the warriors make when they wish to intimidate their enemies?

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for shout

shout

noun
  1. a loud cry, esp to convey emotion or a command
  2. informal, British, Australian and NZ
    1. a round, esp of drinks
    2. one's turn to buy a round of drinks
  3. informal a greeting (to family, friends, etc) sent to a radio station for broadcasting
  4. informal an occasion on which the members of an emergency service are called out on duty
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verb
  1. to utter (something) in a loud cry; yell
  2. (intr) to make a loud noise
  3. (tr) Australian and NZ informal to treat (someone) to (something), esp a drink
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Derived Formsshouter, noun

Word Origin

C14: probably from Old Norse skūta taunt; related to Old Norse skjōta to shoot
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Word Origin and History for shout

v.

c.1300, schowten "to call or cry out loudly," of unknown origin; perhaps from the root of shoot (v.) on the notion of "throw the voice out loudly," or related to Old Norse skuta "a taunt" (cf. scout (v.2)). Related: Shouted; shouting.

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n.

late 14c., from shout (v.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with shout

shout

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