verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- whoop it up,
- whoopee cushion,
- 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 whooped
The audience dutifully stood and whooped, but the atmosphere was not electric.It’s Not Just the Vaccines. Jenny McCarthy’s New Book Offers More ‘Lessons’|Tim Teeman|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We laughed and whooped and clapped and danced and hugged each other.Visiting the Arctic Circle…Before It’s Irreversibly Changed|Terry Greene Sterling|April 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No matter how often the subject came up, the audience (whose non-white faces could be counted on one hand) whooped appreciatively.
The crowd cheered and whooped for Jerry Lee, who raised a hand and pulled his face in a taut grin.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis|Richard Ben Cramer|January 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the completed bunk-house a huge, bearded, riverman leaped high, cracked his heels together and whooped.The Boss of Wind River|David Goodger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
He and my father had a fuss an he tied my father to some rails and whooped him.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves|Work Projects Administration
Instead it was all very military and strict and serious—which is why he'd whooped it up the night before.Instinct|George Oliver Smith
Temple scored his first hit five minutes after sitting down at the gun, whooped triumphantly and fired again.Voyage To Eternity|Milton Lesser
The boy took it, yelled and whooped, and sped down the street to the sweetstuff shop.The Imaginary Marriage|Henry St. John Cooper
- to indulge in a noisy celebration
- USto arouse enthusiasm
Word Origin 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.