a person or thing that hoots.
British. a car horn.
British Slang. the nose.

Origin of hooter

First recorded in 1665–75; hoot1 + -er1
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noun mainly British

a person or thing that hoots, esp a car horn
slang a nose
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Word Origin and History for hooters



by 1823, "anything that hoots," especially an owl, agent noun from hoot (v.). Slang meaning "nose" is from 1958. Meaning "a woman's breast" (usually in plural hooters) attested by 1972. The Hooters restaurant chain began 1983 in Clearwater, Florida, U.S.

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