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.

1300–50; Middle English shoute (noun), shouten (v.); compare Old Norse skūta to scold, chide, skūti, skūta a taunt; akin to shoot

shouter, noun
half-shouted, adjective
unshouted, adjective
unshouting, adjective

1. yell, vociferate, exclaim. See cry.

1. whisper. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
shout (ʃaʊt)
1.  a loud cry, esp to convey emotion or a command
2.  informal (Brit), (Austral), (NZ)
 a.  a round, esp of drinks
 b.  one's turn to buy a round of drinks
3.  informal a greeting (to family, friends, etc) sent to a radio station for broadcasting
4.  informal an occasion on which the members of an emergency service are called out on duty
5.  to utter (something) in a loud cry; yell
6.  (intr) to make a loud noise
7.  informal (Austral), (NZ) (tr) to treat (someone) to (something), esp a drink
[C14: probably from Old Norse skūta taunt; related to Old Norse skjōta to shoot]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, schowten "to call or cry out loudly," of unknown origin; perhaps from the root of shoot, on the notion of "throw the voice out loudly," or related to O.N. skuta "a taunt." The noun is first recorded late 14c.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with shout, also see all over but the shouting.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
No matter how loudly you shout it from the rafters, people will keep eating
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.
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