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Dictionary Definition

shout n : a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience" [syn: cry, outcry, call, yell, vociferation]


1 utter in a loud voice; talk in a loud voice (usually denoting characteristic manner of speaking); "My grandmother is hard of hearing--you'll have to shout" [ant: whisper]
2 utter a sudden loud cry; "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me" [syn: shout out, cry, call, yell, scream, holler, hollo, squall]
3 utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy; "`I won!' he exclaimed"; "`Help!' she cried"; "`I'm here,' the mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost" [syn: exclaim, cry, cry out, outcry, call out]
4 use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother shouted at the teacher" [syn: abuse, clapperclaw, blackguard]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A loud burst of voice or voices; a vehement and sudden outcry, especially of a multitudes expressing joy, triumph, exultation, or animated courage.
  2. a round of drinks in a pub, the turn to pay the shot or scot: Whose shout?!
  3. an emergency services call.


a loud burst of voice


  1. To utter a sudden and loud outcry, as in joy, triumph, or exultation, or to attract attention, to animate soldiers, etc.
  2. To utter with a shout; to cry; -- sometimes with out; as, to shout, or to shout out, a man's name.
  3. To treat with shouts or clamor.
  4. To buy food or drinks for others.
    I'll shout you all a drink.
  5. To enter a text message (for example, email) in upper case.

Derived terms


to utter a sudden and loud outcry
to utter with a shout
  • French: crier
  • German: schreien
  • Italian: gridare
  • Korean: 소리치다 (sorichida), 외치다 (oechida)
  • Polish: krzyczeć
to treat with shouts or clamor
  • German: anschreien
  • Italian: acclamare
  • Polish: krzyczeć
to buy food or drinks for others
  • German: spendieren, schmeißen
  • Italian: offrire

Extensive Definition

Shout may refer to:
  • Shout, or ring shout, a religious dance originating among African slaves in the Americas
  • Shout-out

Films and television

  • The Shout, a 1978 film by Jerzy Skolimowski based on a short story by Robert Graves
  • Shout (film), a 1991 movie starring John Travolta



  • Shout (magazine), a magazine for teenage girls in the United Kingdom
  • Alfred John Shout, an Australian soldier highly decorated for bravery during the Battle of Gallipoli
shout in French: Shout
shout in Russian: Крик
shout in Ukrainian: Крик

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Homeric laughter, alleluia, aller sans dire, applaud, applause, bark, battle cry, bawl, be in stitches, be manifest, be no secret, bellow, belly laugh, blare, blare forth, blaze, blaze abroad, blazon, blazon about, blow, boff, boffola, bray, break up, burst into laughter, burst of laughter, burst out, burst out laughing, burst with laughter, bust a gut, cachinnate, cachinnation, cackle, call, call out, caterwaul, celebrate, cheer, chortle, chorus of cheers, chuckle, clamor, come across, convulsion, crow, cry, cry for joy, cry out, declaim, exclaim, fit of laughter, gales of laughter, giggle, give a cheer, glare, go into convulsions, go without saying, guffaw, ha-ha, hail, hallelujah, halloo, hang out, hearty laugh, hee-haw, hee-hee, herald, herald abroad, hilarity, ho-ho, holler, hollo, hooray, hoot, horselaugh, hosanna, howl, hurrah, hurray, huzzah, laugh, laugh it up, laugh outright, laughing, laughter, nearly die laughing, need no explanation, outburst of laughter, paean, peal of laughter, proclaim, project, promulgate, rah, rallying cry, risibility, roar, roar of laughter, roar with laughter, sauter aux yeux, scream, screech, set up, shake like jelly, shake with laughter, shout hosanna, shout of laughter, shriek, snicker, snigger, snort, speak for itself, split, split with laughter, squall, squawk, squeal, stand, stand out, stick out, strike the eye, tee-hee, thunder, thunder forth, titter, trumpet, trumpet forth, vociferate, war cry, war whoop, whoop, yammer, yap, yawl, yawp, yell, yelp, yippee, yo-ho, yowl, yuck, yuk-yuk
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