[ 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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hootnanny (ˈhuːtˌnænɪ)

/ (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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