Definition of halloo in English:


Line breaks: hal¦loo
Pronunciation: /həˈluː
, ha-/


  • 1Used to incite dogs to the chase during a hunt.
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    • Up she springs, and away she starts, the pack in full cry behind her, the huntsman's voice resounding after them, Halloo dogs!
    • The hunt proceeded noisily, "Halloo! Halloo!"
  • 1.1Used to attract someone’s attention.
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    • 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.


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  • A cry of ‘halloo’.
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    • A few hearty halloos tell us that these people are truly enjoying their Hood.
    • He gave a great halloo but no one heard him.

verb (halloos, hallooing, hallooed)

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  • 1Cry or shout ‘halloo’ to attract attention or to give encouragement to dogs in hunting: I hallooed in the hope that they might hear my shouts
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    • ‘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.
    call out, shout, cry out, yell, bawl, bellow, scream, shriek, screech, roar, whoop; call hello to, hail, greet
    informal holler, yoo-hoo, cooee
  • 1.1 [with object] Shout to (someone) to attract their attention: he hallooed a number of men in sweatshirts
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    • Kaplan, who was covering the story for the Boston Globe from the press table, says Powell hallooed Woodward as if he were a long-lost frat brother.


mid 16th century: probably from the rare verb hallow 'pursue or urge on with shouts', from imitative Old French haloer.

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