Nearby words

  1. whomever,
  2. whomp,
  3. whomso,
  4. whomsoever,
  5. whoof,
  6. whoop it up,
  7. whoop-de-do,
  8. whoopee,
  9. whoopee cushion,
  10. whooper


    not worth a whoop, Informal. to be worthless: Their promises aren't worth a whoop.
    whoop it up, Informal.
    1. to raise a disturbance, as to celebrate noisily: They whooped it up after winning the big game.
    2. to stir up enthusiasm, as for an idea or project: Every spring they whoop it up for the circus.

Origin of whoop

1350–1400; Middle English whopen, Old English hwōpan to threaten; cognate with Gothic hwopan to boast Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for whoop



to utter (speech) with loud cries, as of enthusiasm or excitement
med to cough convulsively with a crowing sound made at each inspiration
(of certain birds) to utter (a hooting cry)
(tr) to urge on or call with or as if with whoops
whoop it up (wʊp, wuːp) informal
  1. to indulge in a noisy celebration
  2. USto arouse enthusiasm


a loud cry, esp one expressing enthusiasm or excitement
med the convulsive crowing sound made during a paroxysm of whooping cough
not worth a whoop informal worthless
See also whoops

Word Origin for whoop

C14: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for whoop



mid-14c., houpen, partly imitative, partly from Old French houper "to cry out," also imitative. It is attested as an interjection from at least mid-15c. The noun is recorded from c.1600. Extended form whoopee is attested from 1845, originally American English; whoopee cushion is attested from 1960. Phrase whoop it up "create a disturbance" is recorded from 1884. Expression whoop-de-do is recorded from 1929. Whooping cough (1739) is now the prevalent spelling of hooping cough; whooping crane is recorded from 1791.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for whoop


[hōōp, wōōp]


The paroxysmal gasp characteristic of whooping cough.

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