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war whoop

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noun
  1. a yell uttered in making an attack: the war whoop of the American Indian.
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Origin of war whoop

An Americanism dating back to 1705–15
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Examples from the Web for war whoop

Historical Examples

  • When I had got about six feet from him I gave a war-whoop, and jumped at him.

    Harper's Young People, June 29, 1880

    Various

  • Shortly after, they heard a terrible noise with an awful yell like a war-whoop.

  • Had a row with another girl,—gave the war-whoop, and went at her with a knife.

    The Guardian Angel

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • John Jerome could not resist the temptation to give an Indian war-whoop.

    Far Past the Frontier

    James A. Braden

  • He glared at them from under his tousled hair, then uttered a war-whoop.

    The Grain Ship

    Morgan Robertson


British Dictionary definitions for war whoop

war whoop

noun
  1. the yell or howl uttered, esp by North American Indians, while making an attack
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