noun (plural hootenannies)informal, chiefly US
An informal gathering with folk music: we invited friends to a hootenanny in our backyard [as modifier]: hootenanny numbers
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- And unlike the preceding White Album, the jumbled juxtaposition of forms - faux-blues toss-offs, stately piano ballads, folkie hootenannies - feels less like a band overflowing with inspired ideas than one running out of them.
- Music lovers spent less time getting together for hootenannies on the porch or jam sessions around a piano.
- Performing a live version of ‘Don't Think Twice, It's Alright,’ Elliott tells a story about the first time he sang it at a hootenanny in New York, with Dylan in the audience.
1920s (originally US, denoting a gadget or 'thingummy'): of unknown origin.
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