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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.
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 shouted
  • All science is based on skepticism except in this case, anyone who disagrees is shouted down.
  • They're more easily noticed than a command shouted through a bullhorn.
  • There's no evidence that diet has anything to do with acne, the dermatologist shouted.
  • Used to being shouted at, the book disdains to reply.
  • He banged his hand against a bench and shouted disconnectedly.
  • The boys were alternately shouted at and treated sympathetically in order to get them to confess.
  • As workers shouted their grievances to journalists at the gate, police kept their distance.
  • Finance professors are not to blame for this, but they might have shouted more loudly that their insights were being misused.
  • He said the fund never showed reliable extent of understanding on his technology and always shouted something irrelevant.
  • As the two attorneys talked, the protester shouted nothing but expletives.
British Dictionary definitions for shouted


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 shouted



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 shouted


  1. A hymn or traditional blues song, esp when sung with a heavily accented beat (1930s+ Jazz musicians)
  2. An exclamation point (1950s+ Print shop)
  3. A call, esp on the telephone: Stradazzi wants you to give him a shout (1980s+)

[in the musical sense, shout, ''a black religious song and dance,'' is found by 1862]

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