[ shout ]
/ ʃaʊt /

verb (used without object)

to call or cry out loudly and vigorously.
to speak or laugh noisily or unrestrainedly.

verb (used with object)

to utter or yell (something) loudly.
Australian. to treat (another) to a drink, meal, amusement, or the like.


Origin of shout

1300–50; Middle English shoute (noun), shouten (v.); compare Old Norse skūta to scold, chide, skūti, skūta a taunt; akin to shoot1


shout·er, nounhalf-shout·ed, adjectiveun·shout·ed, adjectiveun·shout·ing, adjective

synonym study for shout

1. See cry. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shout

British Dictionary definitions for shout

/ (ʃaʊt) /


a loud cry, esp to convey emotion or a command
informal, British, Australian and NZ
  1. a round, esp of drinks
  2. one's turn to buy a round of drinks
informal a greeting (to family, friends, etc) sent to a radio station for broadcasting
informal an occasion on which the members of an emergency service are called out on duty


Derived forms of shout

shouter, noun

Word Origin for shout

C14: probably from Old Norse skūta taunt; related to Old Norse skjōta to shoot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with shout


In addition to the idioms beginning with shout

  • shout down
  • shout from the rooftops

also see:

  • all over but the shouting
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