[ hol-er ]
/ ˈhɒl ər /

verb (used without object)

to cry aloud; shout; yell: Quit hollering into the phone.

verb (used with object)

to shout or yell (something): He hollered insults back into the saloon.


a loud cry used to express pain or surprise, to attract attention, to call for help, etc.

Origin of holler

1690–1700, Americanism; variant of holla (see hallo)
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British Dictionary definitions for hollering


/ (ˈhɒlə) informal /


to shout or yell (something)


a shout; call

Word Origin for holler

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



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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