[ hoot-n-an-ee, hoot-nan- ]
/ ˈhut nˌæn i, ˈhutˌnæn- /
noun, plural hoot·en·an·nies.
a social gathering or informal concert featuring folk singing and, sometimes, dancing.
an informal session at which folk singers and instrumentalists perform for their own enjoyment.
Older Use. a thingumbob.
Origin of hootenanny
First recorded in 1910–15; origin uncertain
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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
/ (ˈhuːtəˌnænɪ) /
noun plural -nies
an informal performance by folk singers
mainly US something the name of which is unspecified or forgotten
Word Origin for hootenanny
C20: of unknown origin
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