What does hoot mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hootnoun

    a loud raucous cry (as of an owl)

  2. boo, hoot, Bronx cheer, hiss, raspberry, razzing, razz, snort, birdnoun

    a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt

  3. damn, darn, hoot, red cent, shit, shucks, tinker's damn, tinker's damverb

    something of little value

    "his promise is not worth a damn"; "not worth one red cent"; "not worth shucks"

  4. hootverb

    to utter a loud clamorous shout

    "the toughs and blades of the city hoot and bang their drums, drink arak, play dice, and dance"

  5. hootverb

    utter the characteristic sound of owls


  1. Hootnoun

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


  1. hootnoun

    A derisive cry or shout.

  2. hootnoun

    The cry of an owl.

  3. hootnoun

    A fun event or person. (See hootenanny)

  4. hootverb

    To cry out or shout in contempt.

  5. hootverb

    To make the cry of an owl.

  6. hootverb

    To assail with contemptuous cries or shouts; to follow with derisive shouts.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hootnoun

    Clamour; shout; noise.

    Etymology: huée, French, from the verb.

    Its assertion would be entertained with the hoot of the rabble. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.

  2. To Hootverb

    To drive with noise and shouts.

    We lov’d him; but, like beasts,
    Our coward nobles gave way to your clusters,
    Who did hoot him out o’ th’ city. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The owl of Rome, whom boys and girls will hoot!
    That were I set up for that wooden god
    That keeps our gardens, could not fright the crows,
    Or the least bird, from muting on my head. Ben Jonson.

    Patridge and his clan may hoot me for a cheat and impostor, if I fail in any particular of moment. Jonathan Swift.

  3. To Hootverb

    Etymology: hwt, Welsh; huer, French.

    A number of country folks happened to pass thereby, who hollowed and hooted after me as at the arrantest coward. Philip Sidney.

    Matrons and girls shall hoot at thee no more. John Dryden, Juv.

    Some keep back
    The clamorous owl, that nightly hoots, and wonders
    At our queint sports. William Shakespeare, Midsum. Night’s Dream.


  1. hoot

    A hoot is a deep or loud cry or noise typically made by an owl. In a colloquial context, it can also refer to something funny or entertaining, such as "That movie was a real hoot." Additionally, "to hoot" can mean to shout or jeer in disapproval.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hootverb

    to cry out or shout in contempt

  2. Hootverb

    to make the peculiar cry of an owl

  3. Hootverb

    to assail with contemptuous cries or shouts; to follow with derisive shouts

  4. Hootnoun

    a derisive cry or shout

  5. Hootnoun

    the cry of an owl

  6. Etymology: [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. Hoot

    Hoot is a 2006 American family comedy film, based on Carl Hiaasen's novel of the same name, and starring Logan Lerman. It was directed by Wil Shriner, and produced by New Line Cinema and Walden Media. Hoot was released on May 5, 2006. 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 greedy and corrupt 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, in the movie. The film was generally regarded as unsuccessful in its initial theatrical run, and received largely negative to middle-rated reviews from notable film critics and film-review websites.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hoot

    hōōt, v.i. to shout in contempt: to cry like an owl.—v.t. to drive with cries of contempt.—n. a scornful cry: the owl's cry. [Imit.; cf. Sw. hut, begone; W. hwt.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HOOT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hoot is ranked #31724 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hoot surname appeared 728 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Hoot.

    92.9% or 677 total occurrences were White.
    1.7% or 13 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.7% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.5% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 8 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.8% or 6 total occurrences were Black.

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Anagrams for hoot »

  1. otoh

  2. OTOH

  3. thoo

  4. toho

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hoot in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hoot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of hoot in a Sentence

  1. James Mattis:

    Actually, it’s a lot of fun to fight. You know, it’s a hell of a hoot.

  2. Lesley Butterfield:

    I saw the dress challenge online and thought it was a hoot… Little did I expect to snag the dress at Target on clearance a few days later when I was picking up milk and bread! i decided to give it a shot because I think we all can appreciate comic relief during these times.

  3. Dolly Parton:

    I don't plan to retire. I just turned 74 and I plan to be on the cover of Playboy magazine again, see, I did Playboy magazine years ago and I thought it'd be such a hoot if they'll go for it — I don't know if they will — if I could be on the cover again when I'm 75.

  4. Alison Arngrim:

    Of course, I have a husband of 24 years, he thinks its hysterical. Whenever we run into her at a party, my husband would go, ‘She and I are married to the same woman.’ Erin thinks its a hoot and we make a cute couple!

  5. Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov:

    It is a short walk from the hallelujah to the hoot.

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  • صاحArabic
  • johlenGerman
  • ululo, ululiEsperanto
  • chillo, ululato, gritoSpanish
  • pilkkahuuto, buuata, huhuilla, buuaus, huhuiluFinnish
  • railler, hululer, huées, ululement, hululement, huer, ululerFrench
  • whero, terekou, koukouMāori
  • ухать, улюлюканье, гикать, гиканье, уханье, улюлюкатьRussian
  • tutaSwedish
  • Chinese

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    A askant
    B ostensive
    C currish
    D repugnant

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