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[shout] /ʃaʊt/
verb (used without object)
to call or cry out loudly and vigorously.
to speak or laugh noisily or unrestrainedly.
verb (used with object)
to utter or yell (something) loudly.
Australian. to treat (another) to a drink, meal, amusement, or the like.
a loud call or cry:
He gave a shout for help.
a sudden loud outburst, as of laughter.
the act of calling or crying out loudly.
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 forms
shouter, noun
half-shouted, adjective
unshouted, adjective
unshouting, adjective
1. yell, vociferate, exclaim.
1. whisper.
Synonym Study
1. See cry. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for shout
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  • Andy became aware that his shout had been only a dry whisper.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • "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


a loud cry, esp to convey emotion or a command
(informal, Brit & Austral, NZ)
  1. a round, esp of drinks
  2. one's turn to buy a round of drinks
(informal) a greeting (to family, friends, etc) sent to a radio station for broadcasting
(informal) an occasion on which the members of an emergency service are called out on duty
to utter (something) in a loud cry; yell
(intransitive) to make a loud noise
(transitive) (Austral & NZ, informal) to treat (someone) to (something), esp a drink
Derived Forms
shouter, 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

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.


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

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Slang definitions & phrases for shout



  1. A hymn or traditional blues song, esp when sung with a heavily accented beat (1930s+ Jazz musicians)
  2. An exclamation point (1950s+ Print shop)
  3. A call, esp on the telephone: Stradazzi wants you to give him a shout (1980s+)

[in the musical sense, shout, ''a black religious song and dance,'' is found by 1862]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with shout
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