[hoot-n-an-ee, hoot-nan-]
noun, plural hootenannies.
a social gathering or informal concert featuring folk singing and, sometimes, dancing.
an informal session at which folk singers and instrumentalists perform for their own enjoyment.
Older Use. a thingumbob.

1910–15; origin uncertain

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hootenanny or hootnanny (ˈhuːtəˌnænɪ, ˈhuːtˌnænɪ)
n , pl -nies
1.  an informal performance by folk singers
2.  chiefly (US) something the name of which is unspecified or forgotten
[C20: of unknown origin]
hootnanny or hootnanny
[C20: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

"informal session of folk musicians," 1940, Amer.Eng., earlier "a gadget" (1927), of unknown origin.
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Example sentences
Invite barred and great horned owls to a hootenanny.
If all goes well, it'll be less of a concert than a hootenanny that blurs the line between performers and fans.
Variable, from hangover-quiet to full-blown hootenanny.
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