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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 shoot1
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
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  • No ring of the axe, no shout of the driver, no fall of the tree broke the silence.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • Before anything more could be said there was a shout from the roadway near them.

  • The morbidly gloomy one moment often shout madly on the next.

    The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
  • Would you have Crane get out on the housetop an' shout to you to go an' cruel Porter's mare?

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Jack set up a shout, but apparently, in the excitement of racing for the floating stern part of the Oriana, he was unnoticed.

    The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with shout
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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