- 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
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Examples from the Web for war whoop
When I had got about six feet from him I gave a war-whoop, and jumped at him.
Shortly after, they heard a terrible noise with an awful yell like a war-whoop.Old Rail Fence Corners
Had a row with another girl,—gave the war-whoop, and went at her with a knife.The Guardian Angel
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
John Jerome could not resist the temptation to give an Indian war-whoop.Far Past the Frontier
James A. Braden
He glared at them from under his tousled hair, then uttered a war-whoop.The Grain Ship
- the yell or howl uttered, esp by North American Indians, while making an attack
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