Definition of hoot noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//huːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//huːt//
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  1. 1[countable] (especially British English) a short loud laugh or shout The suggestion was greeted by hoots of laughter.
  2. 2[singular] (informal) a situation or a person that you find very funny You ought to meet her—she's a hoot!
  3. 3the loud sound made by the horn of a vehicle
  4. 4the cry of an owl
  5. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘make sounds of derision’): perhaps imitative.Extra examples The film was a real hoot! He struggled through his speech while members of the audience interrupted with hoots and jeers. The suggestion was greeted by hoots of laughter.Idioms
    not care/give a hoot, not care/give two hoots
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    (informal) not to care at all I don’t care two hoots about having money, as long as I’m happy.
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