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[shout] /ʃaʊt/
verb (used without object)
to call or cry out loudly and vigorously.
to speak or laugh noisily or unrestrainedly.
verb (used with object)
to utter or yell (something) loudly.
Australian. to treat (another) to a drink, meal, amusement, or the like.
a loud call or cry:
He gave a shout for help.
a sudden loud outburst, as of laughter.
the act of calling or crying out loudly.
Origin of shout
1300-50; Middle English shoute (noun), shouten (v.); compare Old Norse skūta to scold, chide, skūti, skūta a taunt; akin to shoot
Related forms
shouter, noun
half-shouted, adjective
unshouted, adjective
unshouting, adjective
1. yell, vociferate, exclaim. See cry.
1. whisper. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shout
  • No matter how loudly you shout it from the rafters, people will keep eating meat.
  • shout loud enough and long enough and your opinion will be regarded as a valid alternate point of view.
  • She wants peace above all else, and will shout it as loud as she can.
  • shout loudly and long enough, they seemed to suggest, and you will get your way.
  • It has the sound level of a good family gathering, not so loud that you need to shout, and not so quiet that you cannot laugh.
  • Customers at the betting windows had to shout over the din.
  • They may not shout slogans, but everybody knows what it is they are silent about.
  • The shout goes up as a great shadow sweeps over our boat.
  • shout outs in advance to anyone in our audience who can tell me if that's really possible.
  • Sometimes people stand at the bottom of the mountain and shout up at you.
British Dictionary definitions for shout


a loud cry, esp to convey emotion or a command
(informal, Brit & Austral, NZ)
  1. a round, esp of drinks
  2. one's turn to buy a round of drinks
(informal) a greeting (to family, friends, etc) sent to a radio station for broadcasting
(informal) an occasion on which the members of an emergency service are called out on duty
to utter (something) in a loud cry; yell
(intransitive) to make a loud noise
(transitive) (Austral & NZ, informal) to treat (someone) to (something), esp a drink
Derived Forms
shouter, noun
Word Origin
C14: probably from Old Norse skūta taunt; related to Old Norse skjōta to shoot
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Word Origin and History for shout

c.1300, schowten "to call or cry out loudly," of unknown origin; perhaps from the root of shoot (v.) on the notion of "throw the voice out loudly," or related to Old Norse skuta "a taunt" (cf. scout (v.2)). Related: Shouted; shouting.


late 14c., from shout (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for shout

should have stood in bed, one


This has been a complete disaster or a waste of time, and one should not have bothered to get up in the morning (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with shout
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