verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to raise a disturbance, as to celebrate noisily: They whooped it up after winning the big game.
- to stir up enthusiasm, as for an idea or project: Every spring they whoop it up for the circus.
Origin of whoop
Examples from the Web for whoop
In a spontaneous act of call and response, we all whoop and start clapping back, united by euphoria.
For every whoop of the Hurons, the Iroquois give an angry yell of defiance.
They shall return to England with the whoop of the mountains in them and ready to jump out.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete|George Meredith
I 'lowed ye hed ther power ter shout fer me when ye war ready, I wasn't more'n a whoop an' a holler distant.When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry|Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for whoop
- to indulge in a noisy celebration
- US to arouse enthusiasm
Word Origin for whoop
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.