When you holler, you yell a little too loudly and abruptly. A kid stuck in a tree might holler for help until someone shows up to help him climb down.

Holler is an informal verb, useful for those times you call out or shout. Your teacher might holler at the class if she gets angry enough, and you might holler at your sister to get out of your room at least once a day. A holler can also be a dip or depression in the land, a hollow. The word dates from the 17th century, a colloquial form of hollo, a variation on hello.

Definitions of holler
  1. verb
    utter a sudden loud cry
    synonyms: call, cry, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell
    utter in a loud voice or announce
    call out, cry, cry out, exclaim, outcry, shout
    utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
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    cry hollo
    shout `hurrah!'
    shout `halloo', as when greeting someone or attracting attention
    shout, as if with joy or enthusiasm
    pipe, pipe up, shriek, shrill
    utter a shrill cry
    howl, roar, ululate, wail, yaup, yawl
    emit long loud cries
    screak, screech, skreak, skreigh, squawk
    utter a harsh abrupt scream
    caterwaul, yowl
    utter shrieks, as of cats
    squall, waul, wawl
    make high-pitched, whiney noises
    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  2. verb
    shout out
    “He hollered out to surrender our weapons”
    synonyms: holler out
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    utter in a loud voice; talk in a loud voice (usually denoting characteristic manner of speaking)
  3. verb
    “What was he hollering about?”
    synonyms: beef, bellyache, bitch, crab, gripe, grouse, squawk
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    complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
  4. noun
    a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal)
    synonyms: bellow, bellowing, holla, hollering, hollo, holloa, roar, roaring, yowl
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    type of:
    call, cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell
    a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
  5. noun
    a small valley between mountains
    synonyms: hollow
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    dell, dingle
    a small wooded hollow
    type of:
    vale, valley
    a long depression in the surface of the land that usually contains a river
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