noun, plural hoot·en·an·nies.
Origin of hootenanny
Examples from the Web for hootenanny
The first four letters in hootenanny spell hoot -- and The Seeger Sessions was fun -- with a purpose.Springsteen, Seeger, and the Joy of Political Music|Howard Wolfson|February 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The hootenanny on political websites about the contest being up for grabs is shilling for advertising dollars.Newt Gingrich, Comic Diva: His New Reign of Terror|John Batchelor|January 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for hootenanny
noun plural -nies
Word Origin for hootenanny
Word Origin and History for hootenanny
"informal session of folk musicians," 1940, American English, earlier "a gadget" (1927), of unknown origin, perhaps a nonsense word.
Another device used by the professional car thief, and one recently developed to perfection, according to a large Chicago lock-testing laboratory, is a "hootenanny," so-called by the criminals using it. ["Popular Mechanics," February 1931]