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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 of holler1
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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  • And I says, Well, ef God sends me to hell he can't make me holler 'nough nohow.

    The Hoosier Schoolmaster Edward Eggleston
  • Some folks are made to live in a holler tree, like me; some ain't.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • But mebbe up in heaven he will think of me and wait And holler "Hi!"

    With the Colors Everard Jack Appleton
  • So 't you ain't goin' to say it's all holler an' empty, this world.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • It was the voice of the hired girl, and she added, "I'll holler for Mr. Brown!"

    The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
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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