1Used to attract someone’s attention.
- Halloo! what are you doing there?
- ‘Halloo! who is it?’ cried the lime-burner, vexed at his son's timidity, yet half infected by it.
verb (halloos, hallooing, hallooed)[no object]
1Cry or shout “halloo” to attract attention or to give encouragement to dogs in hunting.
- ‘Hi, Chris,’ Mr. Gibson hallooed, before the debate began, to the delight of the assembled voters.
- As soon as Friday came in sight of the man, he hallooed out as loud as the other, ‘O master!’
- But ye've need of more care than I can give ye, and I've told ye, I can't be hallooing with no monkish folk.
Mid 16th century: probably from the rare verb hallow 'pursue or urge on with shouts', from imitative Old French haloer.
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