Definition of hootenanny in English:


Syllabification: hoot·en·an·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈho͞otnˌanē

noun (plural hootenannies)

informal , chiefly US
  • An informal gathering with folk music and sometimes dancing.
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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 'thingamajig'): of unknown origin.

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