- to cry out or shout, especially in disapproval or derision.
- to utter the cry characteristic of an owl.
- to utter a similar sound.
- Chiefly British. to blow a horn or whistle; toot.
- to assail with shouts of disapproval or derision: The fans hooted the umpire.
- to drive out, off, or away by hooting.
- to express in hoots: The crowd hooted its disagreement with the speaker.
- the cry of an owl.
- any similar sound, as an inarticulate shout.
- a cry or shout, especially of disapproval or derision.
- British. a horn, siren, or whistle, especially a factory whistle.
- Informal. the least bit of concern, interest, or thought; trifle: His religion doesn't matter a hoot to me.
- Slang. an extremely funny person, situation, or event: Your cousin is such a hoot!
- not give/care a hoot, Informal. to not care at all: I don't give a hoot.Also not give/care two hoots.
Origin of hoot1
- (used as an expression of impatience, dissatisfaction, objection, or dislike.)
Origin of hoot2
Examples from the Web for hoots
“I am now a grandmother,” she said to hoots from the audience.If Clinton Runs for President, Cuomo’s on Board
October 23, 2014
All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.Jake Gyllenhaal and More Actors Stand Up for Vet Awareness
May 9, 2013
Lastly, at his speech last night, Cruz got lots of hoots and hollers for his stump speech about guns/growth/freedom.Why Does Ted Cruz Inspire Such Animosity?
May 3, 2013
But, hoots; I was nought but a body born a wee before her time.The Christian
Not that I give two hoots about what happens to Dennison, mind!Once to Every Man
Not from the hoots and the jeers, or vegetables—or even the half-bricks—eh?Sonnie-Boy's People
James B. Connolly
Giovanni raised his arms tragically; the hoots clattered to the floor.The Lure of the Mask
In nature, screeches and hoots, in finite sequences, signal danger.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- the mournful wavering cry of some owls
- a similar sound, such as that of a train whistle
- a jeer of derision
- informal an amusing person or thingthe weekend was a hoot
- not give a hoot not to care at all
- (often foll by at) to jeer or yell (something) contemptuously (at someone)
- (tr) to drive (political speakers, actors on stage, etc) off or away by hooting
- (intr) to make a hoot
- (intr) British to blow a horn
- an exclamation of impatience or dissatisfaction: a supposed Scotticism
- Australian and NZ a slang word for money
Word Origin and History for hoots
"to call or shout in disapproval or scorn," c.1600, probably related to or from huten, "to shout, call out" (c.1200), probably ultimately imitative. First used of bird cries, especially that of the owl, mid-15c. Related: Hooted; hooting. As a noun from mid-15c. Meaning "a laugh, something funny" is first recorded 1942. Slang sense of "smallest amount or particle" (The hoot you don't give when you don't care) is from 1891.
"A dod blasted ole fool!" answered the captain, who, till now, had been merely an amused on-looker. "Ye know all this rumpus wont do nobuddy a hoot o' good--not a hoot." ["Alonge Traverse Shores," Traverse City, Michigan, 1891]
Hooter in the same sense is from 1839.
HOOTER. Probably a corruption of iota. Common in New York in such phrases as "I don't care a hooter for him." "This note ain't worth a hooter." [John Russell Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1877]
Idioms and Phrases with hoots
see not give a damn (hoot).