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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HOOT

Anyway, we can tell in a minute or two, 'cause them owls are sure to hoot again.

But I thought that there was a hoot of laughter in the high wail of the wind.

It was between nine and ten o'clock that Jack heard the hoot of an owl.

Take away the castles, and not even a German would give a hoot for it.

He grinned to himself, and just then the hoot of an owl sounded.

The boys were coming home from school, and they began to hoot and laugh.

In a minute the hoot was repeated, still with that unnatural quaver at its end.

It was the low howl of a wolf followed immediately by the hoot of an owl.

My owners have never told me to let the law go to hoot and ram her for all she's worth!

Consternation was excited in the traffic ahead of us by the hoot of the car.

WORD ORIGIN

"to call or shout in disapproval or scorn," c.1600, probably related to or from huten, "to shout, call out" (c.1200), probably ultimately imitative. First used of bird cries, especially that of the owl, mid-15c. Related: Hooted; hooting. As a noun from mid-15c. Meaning "a laugh, something funny" is first recorded 1942. Slang sense of "smallest amount or particle" (The hoot you don't give when you don't care) is from 1891.

Hooter in the same sense is from 1839.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR HOOT

Bronx cheer

nounrude disapproving noise
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