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[hoop, hoop; especially for 1, 11–4, 6–9 hwoop, hwoop, woop, woop]
a loud cry or shout, as of excitement or joy.
the sound made by a person suffering from whooping cough.
verb (used without object)
to utter a loud cry or shout in expressing enthusiasm, excitement, etc.
to cry as an owl, crane, or certain other birds.
to make the characteristic sound accompanying the deep intake of air following a series of coughs in whooping cough.
verb (used with object)
to utter with or as if with a whoop.
to whoop to or at.
to call, urge, pursue, or drive with whoops: to whoop dogs on.
(used as a cry to attract attention from afar, or to show excitement, encouragement, enthusiasm, etc.)
Verb phrases
whoop up, Informal. to promote or praise; extol: a class reunion where they whoop up the good old days.
not worth a whoop, Informal. to be worthless: Their promises aren't worth a whoop.
whoop it up, Informal.
to raise a disturbance, as to celebrate noisily: They whooped it up after winning the big game.
to stir up enthusiasm, as for an idea or project: Every spring they whoop it up for the circus.

1350–1400; Middle English whopen, Old English hwōpan to threaten; cognate with Gothic hwopan to boast Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
whoop (wuːp)
1.  to utter (speech) with loud cries, as of enthusiasm or excitement
2.  med to cough convulsively with a crowing sound made at each inspiration
3.  (of certain birds) to utter (a hooting cry)
4.  (tr) to urge on or call with or as if with whoops
5.  informal whoop it up
 a.  to indulge in a noisy celebration
 b.  (US) to arouse enthusiasm
6.  a loud cry, esp one expressing enthusiasm or excitement
7.  med the convulsive crowing sound made during a paroxysm of whooping cough
8.  informal not worth a whoop worthless
[C14: of imitative origin]

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Word Origin & History

c.1376, houpen, partly imitative, partly from O.Fr. houper "to cry out," also imitative. It is attested as an interjection from at least 1460. The noun is recorded from 1600. Extended form whoopee is attested from 1845, originally Amer.Eng.; whoopee cushion is attested from 1960. Phrase whoop it up "create
a disturbance" is recorded from 1884. Expression whoop-de-do is recorded from 1929. Whooping cough (1739) is now the prevalent spelling of hooping cough; whooping crane is recorded from 1791.
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Medical Dictionary

whoop (hōōp, hwōōp, wōōp)
The paroxysmal gasp characteristic of whooping cough.

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