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1  to shout or laugh usually derisively

2  to make the natural throat noise of an owl or a similar cry

3  to make a loud clamorous mechanical sound

Transitive verb

1  to assail or drive out by hooting <hooted down the speaker>

2  to express or utter with hoots <hooted their disapproval>

Examples of HOOT

We could hear an owl hooting in the woods.

I hooted at the car in front of me.

The crowd booed and hooted when it was announced that the show was canceled.

The crowd hooted its disapproval.

The speaker was hooted off the platform by a small group of protesters.

 Origin of HOOT

Middle English houten, of imitative origin

First Known Use: 13th century

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