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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
peals/hoots/gales of laughter (=a lot of loud laughter)
▪ This idea was greeted with hoots of laughter.
▪ Vitor was full of concern about Thomas, yet did not care two hoots about her.
▪ Well, he couldn't give a hoot, either!
▪ For the 10 pairs of rusty-colored owls hiding out in the Tucson basin, finally, at least somebody gives a hoot.
▪ Leary's speech drew hoots from the crowd.
▪ The hooting of a horn made me turn round.
▪ Apart from money, success at Salomon meant having your name shouted over the hoot.
▪ If the skills dipped, there would be hoots of laughter.
▪ Needless to say, no lunch for him, as he retreated amidst hoots and laughter, carrying the offending object.
▪ The sharp hoot of a train came from the railway yards a mile away: icy across icy spaces.
▪ There was a brief exchange of hoots, and the clothed human put down the tray and went out again.
▪ There was in every office of Salomon a systemwide loudspeaker, called the hoot and holler or just the hoot.
▪ Well, he couldn't give a hoot, either!
▪ I stood on her doorstep and started hooting with laughter.
▪ He has the audience hooting with laughter and then within seconds, shocked into silence.
▪ The branches rustling, an owl hooting in the woods.
▪ In the darkness owls were hooting back and forth.
▪ An owl hooted nearby, and was answered by another farther away.
▪ At night I could hear owls hooting, and the stupendous palace was only three minutes walk away.
▪ A horn hooted behind me. It was Don in his little red car.
▪ Ships hooted their horns as the flag went up.
▪ Beyond, the post van hooted indignantly.
▪ Cars and lorries hooting, accelerating and braking put Dawn into a real flap.
▪ Chick started hooting the Cortina's horn impatiently.
▪ Chutra hooted, bared his teeth, scratched his ribs.
▪ That evening was filled with the sound of hooting owls.
▪ There is too much noise in here to speak: stamping, hooting, whistling.
▪ Truck drivers hooted, children stared, and just about everyone laughed or waved.
▪ Two hours later I was woken by men whistling, clicking, trilling and hooting their music to the flocks.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hoot \Hoot\, v. t. To assail with contemptuous cries or shouts; to follow with derisive shouts.

Partridge and his clan may hoot me for a cheat.


Hoot \Hoot\ (h[=oo]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hooted; p. pr. & vb. n. Hooting.] [OE. hoten, houten, huten; cf. OSw. huta, Sw. huta ut to take one up sharply, fr. Sw. hut interj., begone! cf. also W. hwt off! off with it! away! hoot!]

  1. To cry out or shout in contempt.

    Matrons and girls shall hoot at thee no more.

  2. To make the peculiar cry of an owl.

    The clamorous owl that nightly hoots.


Hoot \Hoot\, n.

  1. A derisive cry or shout.

  2. The cry of an owl.

  3. A very funny event, person, or experience; as, watching Jack try to catch that greased pig was a hoot.

    Hoot owl (Zo["o]l.), the barred owl ( Syrnium nebulosum). See Barred owl.

    not give a hoot not care at all.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to call or shout in disapproval or scorn," c.1600, probably related to or a variant of Middle English houten, huten "to shout, call out" (c.1200), probably ultimately imitative. First used of bird cries, especially that of the owl, mid-15c. Related: Hooted; hooting. As a noun from mid-15c. Meaning "a laugh, something funny" is first recorded 1942. Slang sense of "smallest amount or particle" (the hoot you don't give when you don't care) is from 189

  1. \n\n"A dod blasted ole fool!" answered the captain, who, till now, had been merely an amused on-looker. "Ye know all this rumpus wont do nobuddy a hoot o' good
    --not a hoot."

    ["Along Traverse Shores," Traverse City, Michigan, 1891]

    \nHooter in the same sense is from 1839.\n\nHOOTER. Probably a corruption of iota. Common in New York in such phrases as "I don't care a hooter for him." "This note ain't worth a hooter."

    [John Russell Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1877]


n. 1 A derisive cry or shout. 2 The cry of an owl. 3 (context US slang English) A fun event or person. (See hootenanny) 4 A small particle vb. 1 To cry out or shout in contempt. 2 To make the cry of an owl. 3 To assail with contemptuous cries or shouts; to follow with derisive shouts.


v. to utter a loud clamorous shout; "the toughs and blades of the city hoot and bang their drums, drink arak, play dice, and dance"

  1. n. a loud raucous cry (as of an owl)

  2. a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt [syn: boo, Bronx cheer, hiss, raspberry, razzing, snort, bird]

  3. something of little value; "his promise is not worth a damn"; "not worth one red cent"; "not worth shucks" [syn: damn, darn, red cent, shit, shucks, tinker's damn, tinker's dam]

Hoot (comics)

Hoot was a British comic book magazine that ran from (issues dates) 26 October 1985 to 25 October 1986, when it merged with The Dandy. Its cover price was 20p, represented by a stylized graphic depiction of a 20p coin. Throughout its run, it billed itself as "Britain's bubbling new comic!", a reference to the title masthead being made up of steam-billowing pipes (hence the title). The comic was the last new humour anthology comic from DC Thomson which mostly featured original characters.


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Hoot (EP)

Hoot (; subtitled 009) is the third mini-album by a South Korean girl group, Girls' Generation. The mini-album consisted of five songs, and was released on October 27, 2010 by S.M. Entertainment.

The album is listed, by Gaon Album Chart as the third best-selling album of 2010 in South Korea, with 163,066 copies sold.

Hoot (novel)

Hoot is a 2002 young-adult novel by Carl Hiaasen. The setting takes place in Florida, where new arrival Roy makes two oddball friends and a bad enemy, and joins an effort to stop construction of a pancake house which would destroy a colony of burrowing owls who live on the site. The book won a Newbery Honor award in 2003. A film adaptation of the book was released in May 2006, starring Logan Lerman, Brie Larson, and Cody Linley. Hiaasen and Wil Shriner, the director and script-writer, "fought long and hard to stay truthful to the book."

Hoot (film)

Hoot is a 2006 American family comedy film, based on Carl Hiaasen's novel of the same name. It was written and directed by Wil Shriner, and produced by New Line Cinema and Walden Media. The film stars Luke Wilson, Logan Lerman, Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson, Neil Flynn and Robert Wagner. The film was released on May 5, 2006. The film was a box office bomb in its initial theatrical run, and received largely mixed to negative reviews from notable film critics and film-review websites.

The film is about a group of children trying to save a burrowing owl habitat from destruction. The habitat is located on the intended construction site of a pancake house. The developer of the project intends to proceed regardless of the environmental damage it would cause. Hoot features live burrowing owls and music by Jimmy Buffett. Buffett is also listed as a co-producer, and he played the role of Mr. Ryan, the science teacher.

Hoot (torpedo)

Hoot (; Whale) is an Iranian supercavitation torpedo claimed to travel at approximately , several times faster than a conventional torpedo. It was claimed to have been successfully test-fired from a surface ship against a dummy submarine during the Iranian military exercise "Great Prophet" ) on 2 April 2006 and 3 April 2006.

The official Iranian news agency IRNA claims the torpedo was produced and developed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps . Most military and industry analysts have concluded that the Hoot is reverse engineered from the Russian VA-111 Shkval supercavitation torpedo which travels at the same speed.

Hoot (song)

"Hoot" is the lead single from Hoot, the third EP of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation. It became the ninth hit song for the group, topping various off- and online charts. "Hoot" was released on October 25, 2010. A Japanese-language version was also released on their first Japanese album, Girls' Generation on June 1, 2011.

Usage examples of "hoot".

Hoots of agony could be heard in the billowing smoke, and the sec men fired short volleys seeking live targets.

There was another pack of Dervish down the road behind them, at least two dozen, brandishing their weapons and hooting with wild excitement as they saw the women.

Soon they were all displaying ferociously, hooting and scraping musk over their long tails.

Solo was immersed beneath a blanket of hooting, jostling, inexperienced assailants.

And it was waged in a silence broken only by gasps of weariness or pain: There was none of the screeching and hooting that would normally have accompanied an attack by two juniors on a dominant male.

Their mournful hooting, made with inflatable skin sacs on their great horny snouts, echoed from the walls of ice to the south.

He threw himself back and forth around the line of trees, drumming with open palms on tree trunks, ripping off thin branches and shaking them so their leaves cascaded around him, screeching and hooting the while.

Just as yesterday he roused the troop by crashing into their nests, hooting, kicking, and slapping.

So he displayed again, drumming, vaulting, and hooting, and went back to the follow-me routine.

Deeply unhappy, they pushed, jostled, and slapped, hooting and screeching at each other.

She was surrounded by screeching and hooting, and fists pounded at her back and head.

The males also did a great deal of displaying, hooting, aggressive leaping to and fro.

But in the silence of New Pangaea their whoops and hooting cries echoed from the bare rocks, and as far as could be seen they were the only large creatures moving, anywhere.

And back on the flat, the centaurs again were hooting with mocking laughter.

The chimpanzee played under the table while the bargaining sessions went on, climbing the legs, dropping back to the floor, rolling around and hooting softly.