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verb (used without object)
  1. to cry aloud; shout; yell: Quit hollering into the phone.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to shout or yell (something): He hollered insults back into the saloon.
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  1. a loud cry used to express pain or surprise, to attract attention, to call for help, etc.
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Origin of holler1

1690–1700, Americanism; variant of holla (see hallo)


noun South Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. a hollow.
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Origin of holler2

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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  • Caught him in a clearin' 'bout two miles back o' the Holler.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Some folks are made to live in a holler tree, like me; some ain't.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • So 't you ain't goin' to say it's all holler an' empty, this world.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • He did not do much when he got to the fire but stand around and “holler.”

  • And, long as you do know they're holler, you can keep a watch on 'em.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for holler


  1. to shout or yell (something)
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  1. a shout; call
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Word Origin

variant of C16 hollow, from holla, from French holà stop! (literally: ho there!)
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Word Origin and History for holler


1690s, American English, variant of hollo (1540s) "to shout," especially "to call to the hounds in hunting," related to hello. Cf. colloquial yeller for yellow, etc. As a style of singing (originally Southern U.S.), first recorded 1936. Related: Hollered; hollering. As a noun, from 1896, earlier hollar (1825).

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