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hoot1

[hoot] /hut/
verb (used without object)
1.
to cry out or shout, especially in disapproval or derision.
2.
to utter the cry characteristic of an owl.
3.
to utter a similar sound.
4.
Chiefly British. to blow a horn or whistle; toot.
verb (used with object)
5.
to assail with shouts of disapproval or derision:
The fans hooted the umpire.
6.
to drive out, off, or away by hooting.
7.
to express in hoots:
The crowd hooted its disagreement with the speaker.
noun
8.
the cry of an owl.
9.
any similar sound, as an inarticulate shout.
10.
a cry or shout, especially of disapproval or derision.
11.
British. a horn, siren, or whistle, especially a factory whistle.
12.
Informal. the least bit of concern, interest, or thought; trifle:
I don't give a hoot.
13.
Slang. an extremely funny person, situation, or event:
Your mother's a hoot when she tells about her escapades in boarding school.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English hoten, huten, houten (v.); perhaps imitative
Related forms
hootingly, adverb
unhooted, adjective
Synonyms
1, 5. jeer, boo, hiss. 5. razz.

hoot2

[hoot] /hut/
interjection, Scot. and North England
1.
(used as an expression of impatience, dissatisfaction, objection, or dislike.)
Also, hoots.
Origin
1675-85; compare Swedish hut, Welsh hwt, Irish ut begone!
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British Dictionary definitions for hoots

hoot2

/huːt/
interjection
1.
an exclamation of impatience or dissatisfaction: a supposed Scotticism
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin

hoot1

/huːt/
noun
1.
the mournful wavering cry of some owls
2.
a similar sound, such as that of a train whistle
3.
a jeer of derision
4.
(informal) an amusing person or thing the weekend was a hoot
5.
not give a hoot, not to care at all
verb
6.
(often foll by at) to jeer or yell (something) contemptuously (at someone)
7.
(transitive) to drive (political speakers, actors on stage, etc) off or away by hooting
8.
(intransitive) to make a hoot
9.
(intransitive) (Brit) to blow a horn
Word Origin
C13 hoten, of imitative origin

hoot3

/huːt/
noun
1.
(Austral & NZ) a slang word for money
Word Origin
from Māori utu price
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Word Origin and History for hoots
hoot
c.1200, "to call or shout in disapproval or scorn," related to houten, huten "to shout, call out" (early 13c.), probably imitative. First used of bird cries, especially that of the owl, mid-15c. The noun meaning "a laugh, something funny" is first recorded 1942. Slang sense of "smallest amount or particle" (esp. in don't give a hoot) is from 1878.
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