A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls
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).
(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