hoot

1
[hoot]
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verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

noun


Nearby words

  1. hoorn,
  2. hoosegow,
  3. hoosier,
  4. hoosier cabinet,
  5. hoosier state,
  6. hoot owl,
  7. hootch,
  8. hootchinoo,
  9. hootchy-kootchy,
  10. hootenanny

Idioms

    not give/care a hoot, Informal. to not care at all: I don't give a hoot.Also not give/care two hoots.

Origin of hoot

1
1150–1200; Middle English hoten, huten, houten (verb); perhaps imitative

Related formshoot·ing·ly, adverbun·hoot·ed, adjective

hoot

2

or hoots

[hoot]

interjection Scot. and North England.

(used as an expression of impatience, dissatisfaction, objection, or dislike.)

Origin of hoot

2
1675–85; compare Swedish hut, Welsh hwt, Irish ut begone!

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British Dictionary definitions for hoot

hoot

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noun

the mournful wavering cry of some owls
a similar sound, such as that of a train whistle
a jeer of derision
informal an amusing person or thingthe weekend was a hoot
not give a hoot not to care at all

verb

(often foll by at) to jeer or yell (something) contemptuously (at someone)
(tr) to drive (political speakers, actors on stage, etc) off or away by hooting
(intr) to make a hoot
(intr) British to blow a horn

Word Origin for hoot

C13 hoten, of imitative origin

interjection

an exclamation of impatience or dissatisfaction: a supposed Scotticism

Word Origin for hoot

C17: of unknown origin

noun

Australian and NZ a slang word for money

Word Origin for hoot

from Māori utu price

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Word Origin and History for hoot

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Idioms and Phrases with hoot

hoot

see not give a damn (hoot).

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