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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.

verb (used with object)
  1. to utter or yell (something) loudly.

  2. Australian. to treat (another) to a drink, meal, amusement, or the like.

  1. a loud call or cry: He gave a shout for help.

  2. a sudden loud outburst, as of laughter.

  1. the act of calling or crying out loudly.

Origin of shout

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English shoute (noun), shouten (verb); compare Old Norse skūta “to scold, chide,” skūti, skūta “a taunt”

synonym study For shout

1. See cry.

Other words for shout

Opposites for shout

Other words from shout

  • shouter, noun
  • half-shouted, adjective
  • un·shout·ed, adjective
  • un·shout·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use shout in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for shout


/ (ʃaʊt) /

  1. a loud cry, esp to convey emotion or a command

  2. informal, British, Australian and NZ

    • a round, esp of drinks

    • one's turn to buy a round of drinks

  1. informal a greeting (to family, friends, etc) sent to a radio station for broadcasting

  2. informal an occasion on which the members of an emergency service are called out on duty

  1. to utter (something) in a loud cry; yell

  2. (intr) to make a loud noise

  1. (tr) Australian and NZ informal to treat (someone) to (something), esp a drink

Origin of shout

C14: probably from Old Norse skūta taunt; related to Old Norse skjōta to shoot

Derived forms of shout

  • shouter, noun

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

Other 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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