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war whoop

a yell uttered in making an attack:
the war whoop of the American Indian.
Origin of war whoop
An Americanism dating back to 1705-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The remaining Indians, yelling their war whoop, fled down the river.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare Alexander Scott Withers
  • There is no doubt that the war whoop also should be represented as red.

  • The Indians rose as if from under the ground, giving their war whoop as they sprang.


    Martha Foote Crow
  • A war whoop behind him dissolves his self-gratulations into nothing.

    April's Lady Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
  • The next, the crags behind them rang to the sound of the war whoop.

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
  • Wolf Paw drew a deep breath, opened his mouth and let out a war whoop.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • The women no longer trembled when the Indian war whoop sounded.

    Four American Indians Edson L. Whitney
  • The chief threw the back of his hand to his mouth and gave the war whoop.

  • Before the exercise begins, each tribe may give its war whoop.

  • Then your tribe may give its war whoop as a sign of victory.

British Dictionary definitions for war whoop

war whoop

the yell or howl uttered, esp by North American Indians, while making an attack
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