hoot owl



any of various owls that hoot.

Origin of hoot owl

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
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Historical Examples of hoot owl

  • The call of the hoot-owl was too familiar to the Coombeland men to deceive.

    Crown and Sceptre

    George Manville Fenn

  • From the Bowhead the sound comes like the drawn-out "hoo-hoo-oo-oo-oo" of the hoot-owl.

    The New North

    Agnes Deans Cameron

  • The distant sound of a hoot-owl startled Flea from her tears.

  • She goes 'bout the lake doin' nothin' but hollerin' like a hoot-owl, and she don't have enough to eat.

  • Very often they sighed, and sometimes there was a pensive quietness broken only by the hoot-owl.

    A Little Florida Lady

    Dorothy C. Paine

British Dictionary definitions for hoot owl

hoot owl


any owl that utters a hooting cry, as distinct from a screech owl
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