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[hol-er] /ˈhɒl ər/
verb (used without object)
to cry aloud; shout; yell:
Quit hollering into the phone.
verb (used with object)
to shout or yell (something):
He hollered insults back into the saloon.
a loud cry used to express pain or surprise, to attract attention, to call for help, etc.
Origin of holler1
1690-1700, Americanism; variant of holla (see hallo) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hollering
  • Nobody seems to mind if you burst into tears or start hollering.
  • The noise on this particular afternoon was new: a clomping and a hollering.
  • It is swilling and reeling and hollering and getting disgustingly sick.
  • He instead stays home wearing a muumuu hollering at local kids who come by for a laugh at his expense.
  • They couldn't help me if they were going to be hollering and screaming.
  • Elena, in the background, starts hollering at someone.
  • The place is small enough that every remark is heard and appreciated, and pretty soon everybody is hollering and laughing.
  • Everyone crowded around the camera, whooping and hollering.
  • Best of all, much of what's served is grown or produced locally, some of it practically within hollering distance.
  • Instead crowds gathered in the square and observed a moment of silence before hooting and hollering.
British Dictionary definitions for hollering


to shout or yell (something)
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 hollering



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 hollering



(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+)

  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.
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