hoot

A hoot is the musical call an owl makes. The hoot of an owl sounds very much like the word hoot.

An owl's hoot is the inspiration for a similar sound that people make to show disapproval or scorn: "The sound of the crowd's hoots filled the stadium when the soccer player kicked the ball into his own team's goal." To make this sound, whether you're a person or an owl, is to hoot, and if you don't give a hoot, it means you really don't care at all.

Definitions of hoot
  1. noun
    a loud raucous cry (as of an owl)
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    type of:
    call, cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell
    a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
  2. noun
    a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
    synonyms: Bronx cheer, bird, boo, hiss, raspberry, razz, razzing, snort
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    type of:
    call, cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell
    a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
  3. verb
    utter the characteristic sound of owls
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    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  4. verb
    to utter a loud clamorous shout
    “the toughs and blades of the city hoot and bang their drums, drink arak, play dice, and dance”
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    types:
    pant-hoot
    communicate by hooting and panting, as of primates
    grunt-hoot
    communicate by hooting and grunting, as of primates
    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  5. noun
    something of little value
    synonyms: darn, red cent
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    type of:
    ineptitude, worthlessness
    having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful
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