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[huh-loo] /həˈlu/
interjection, noun, plural halloos, verb (used with or without object), hallooed, hallooing.
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  • She sobbed in her throat and made a cup of her hands to halloo; but her voice would not come, and she ran faster.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • Keep the boy close beside you, and when you need help, halloo.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • A faint "halloo" came from far up the mountain-side, and in the distance men's voices rang across the cañon.

    The Wizard's Daughter and Other Stories Margaret Collier Graham
  • At that instant a loud shout smote his ear; it was the halloo of his pursuers.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • He was awakened at midnight by a loud "halloo," which seemed to proceed directly from the sea.

    Legends and Tales Bret Harte
  • Carefully trying to place it in his scarf, he heard the halloo, 'Who goes there?'

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
  • They came so straight at me that I was on the point of being run down by the leading boat, when I gave a sharp “halloo!”

    In the Track of the Troops R.M. Ballantyne
  • So I stood in my boat waving the cloak over my head and shouting “halloo!”

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • O ye big rocks that move, I tell you and 325 send it to you that ye may hear it, halloo!

  • When I come, said he, I will halloo, and you must let me in.

    Alonzo and Melissa Daniel Jackson, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for halloo


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a shout to attract attention, esp to call hounds at a hunt
noun (pl) -loos, -los, -loas
a shout of "halloo"
verb -loos, -looing, -looed, -los, -loing, -loed, -loas, -loaing, -loaed
to shout (something) to (someone)
(transitive) to urge on or incite (dogs) with shouts
Word Origin
C16: perhaps variant of hallow to encourage hounds by shouting
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