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holler1

[hol-er] /ˈhɒl ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to cry aloud; shout; yell:
Quit hollering into the phone.
verb (used with object)
2.
to shout or yell (something):
He hollered insults back into the saloon.
noun
3.
a loud cry used to express pain or surprise, to attract attention, to call for help, etc.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700, Americanism; variant of holla (see hallo)

holler2

[hol-er] /ˈhɒl ər/
noun, South Midland and Southern U.S.
1.
a hollow.
Origin
1835-45, Americanism
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Examples from the web for holler
  • holler at the top of your lungs on thrill rides including roller coasters and a giant swing.
  • Waving hats and ropes, the riders whoop and holler as they bring the herd together.
  • She rolls her r's with a percussive vengeance, and sometimes lets loose a raspy holler.
  • And the film makes a point of showing how its wheelchair athletes fight and whoop and holler as any other athletes might.
  • But it also is enough to make you scream, holler and throw things in frustration and disappointment.
British Dictionary definitions for holler

holler

/ˈhɒlə/
verb
1.
to shout or yell (something)
noun
2.
a shout; call
Word Origin
variant of C16 hollow, from holla, from French holà stop! (literally: ho there!)
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Word Origin and History for holler
v.

1690s, American English, variant of hollo (1540s) "to shout," especially "to call to the hounds in hunting," related to hello. Cf. colloquial yeller for yellow, etc. As a style of singing (originally Southern U.S.), first recorded 1936. Related: Hollered; hollering. As a noun, from 1896, earlier hollar (1825).

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Slang definitions & phrases for holler

holler

noun

(also holler-song) A Southern black folk song with spoken or shouted words, a precursor of the blues song: You find hollers in many of Leadbelly's recordings and songs (1930s+)

verb
  1. To shout (1699+)
  2. To inform; sing, squeal: You think he wouldn't holler if they turned the heat on him? (1940s+)
  3. To complain; bitch: What's he hollering about now? (1904+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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