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verb (used without object)
  1. to call or cry out loudly and vigorously.
  2. to speak or laugh noisily or unrestrainedly.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to utter or yell (something) loudly.
  2. Australian. to treat (another) to a drink, meal, amusement, or the like.
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  1. a loud call or cry: He gave a shout for help.
  2. a sudden loud outburst, as of laughter.
  3. the act of calling or crying out loudly.
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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
Related formsshout·er, nounhalf-shout·ed, adjectiveun·shout·ed, adjectiveun·shout·ing, adjective


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1. See cry.


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Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • Andy became aware that his shout had been only a dry whisper.

  • "Why, it is the hedgerows," roared John, with a shout of laughter.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Before anything more could be said there was a shout from the roadway near them.

  • Would you have Crane get out on the housetop an' shout to you to go an' cruel Porter's mare?


    W. A. Fraser

  • Was it not, then, the shout the warriors make when they wish to intimidate their enemies?

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for shout


  1. a loud cry, esp to convey emotion or a command
  2. informal, British, Australian and NZ
    1. a round, esp of drinks
    2. one's turn to buy a round of drinks
  3. informal a greeting (to family, friends, etc) sent to a radio station for broadcasting
  4. informal an occasion on which the members of an emergency service are called out on duty
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  1. to utter (something) in a loud cry; yell
  2. (intr) to make a loud noise
  3. (tr) Australian and NZ informal to treat (someone) to (something), esp a drink
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Derived Formsshouter, noun

Word Origin

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

Word Origin and History for shout


c.1300, schowten "to call or cry out loudly," of unknown origin; perhaps from the root of shoot (v.) on the notion of "throw the voice out loudly," or related to Old Norse skuta "a taunt" (cf. scout (v.2)). Related: Shouted; shouting.

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late 14c., from shout (v.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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