- 1[intransitive] to make a loud noise He had the audience hooting with laughter. Some people hooted in disgust. The crowd hooted and cheered. His friends all hooted with laughter. The car behind me hooted impatiently.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] (British English) if a car horn hoots or you hoot or hoot the horn, the horn makes a loud noise synonym honk hooting cars hoot at somebody/something Why did he hoot at me? hoot something Passing motorists hooted their horns. The train hooted a warning (= the driver sounded the horn to warn people).
- 3[intransitive] when an owl hoots, it makes a long calling sound Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘make sounds of derision’): perhaps imitative.
BrE BrE//huːt//; NAmE NAmE//huːt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hoot
BrE BrE//huːt//; NAmE NAmE//huːt//he / she / it hoots
BrE BrE//huːts//; NAmE NAmE//huːts//past simple hooted
BrE BrE//ˈhuːtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhuːtɪd//past participle hooted
BrE BrE//ˈhuːtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhuːtɪd//-ing form hooting
BrE BrE//ˈhuːtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhuːtɪŋ//