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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Contemporary Examples of hollering

  • Buy a ticket to their show and you might be surprised to see more than a few gay men in the audience cheering and hollering.

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    Las Vegas Bets Big on Gays

    Itay Hod

    May 28, 2014

  • Mr. K had nothing but contempt for it all, sticking to his formula of discipline, repetition, and hollering.

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    No More Coddling!

    Joanne Lipman

    October 3, 2013

  • But Obama stressed there was no whooping or hollering after the attack—they were all focused on getting the Navy SEALS out.

  • I gather that he must be pretty good at hollering, too, given his tenure as yell leader at Texas A&M.

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    Ranger Rick and the Coyote

    Carol Flake Chapman

    September 10, 2011

  • Before kickoff, racial jokes popped up amid the hollering and cheering.

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    The Land That Obama Forgot

    Denver Nicks

    January 25, 2009

Historical Examples of hollering

British Dictionary definitions for hollering



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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