“I am now a grandmother,” she said to hoots from the audience.
Lastly, at his speech last night, Cruz got lots of hoots and hollers for his stump speech about guns/growth/freedom.
All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.
Still, hoots and catcalls surrounded those on the employment line.
But, hoots; I was nought but a body born a wee before her time.
In nature, screeches and hoots, in finite sequences, signal danger.
Not that I give two hoots about what happens to Dennison, mind!
The crowd was ordered to disperse by the sheriff, and he was answered by hoots, jeers, and rough language.
Giovanni raised his arms tragically; the hoots clattered to the floor.
The people limited themselves to hoots and catcalls and hisses—which were pretty thick.
"to call or shout in disapproval or scorn," c.1600, probably related to or from huten, "to shout, call out" (c.1200), probably ultimately imitative. First used of bird cries, especially that of the owl, mid-15c. Related: Hooted; hooting. As a noun from mid-15c. Meaning "a laugh, something funny" is first recorded 1942. Slang sense of "smallest amount or particle" (The hoot you don't give when you don't care) is from 1891.
"A dod blasted ole fool!" answered the captain, who, till now, had been merely an amused on-looker. "Ye know all this rumpus wont do nobuddy a hoot o' good--not a hoot." ["Alonge Traverse Shores," Traverse City, Michigan, 1891]Hooter in the same sense is from 1839.
HOOTER. Probably a corruption of iota. Common in New York in such phrases as "I don't care a hooter for him." "This note ain't worth a hooter." [John Russell Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1877]