Definition of shout in English:

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Pronunciation: /SHout/


1 [no object] (Of a person) utter a loud call or cry, typically as an expression of a strong emotion: she shouted for joy
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  • She had shouted so loud in his face that Troy jumped startled and lost his grip on the beaker.
  • Simply because she can shout louder than Kelvin Ramnath does not mean that she makes sense.
  • Sarah shouted as loud as she could so that she could be heard over the other members of the welcoming party for the boat.
yell, cry (out), call (out), roar, howl, bellow, bawl, call at the top of one's voice, clamor, shriek, scream;
raise one's voice, vociferate
informal holler
1.1 [reporting verb] Say something very loudly; call out: [with object]: he leaned out of his window and shouted abuse at them I shouted out a warning [with direct speech]: “Come back!” she shouted
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  • A female friend Ms Owen shouted out in court that the decision to adjourn the hearing was ‘cruel.’
  • Allegedly she turns when her name is shouted out.
  • After one of his typically brilliant campaign speeches, someone shouted out to Stevenson from the crowd that he had the votes of all thinking Americans.
1.2 (shout at) Speak loudly and angrily to; insult or scold loudly: he apologized because he had shouted at her in front of them all
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  • The officer said he complained about the way he had been shouted at and spoken to by a senior officer.
  • So, predictably, the huddled masses of Bradford get ignored while those who claim to speak for them shout at each other.
  • He shouted at her, angrily kicking the ground.
1.3 [with object] (shout someone down) Prevent someone from speaking or being heard by shouting: he was shouted down as he tried to explain the decision
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  • At least we know how to put our money where our mouth is by standing up and shouting you down.
  • So it's not good enough for us to sit back in Westminster and simply try to shout them down.
  • We are not going to let those who disagree with us shout us down under a banner of false patriotism.
1.4 [with object] Indicate or express (a particular quality or characteristic) unequivocally or powerfully: from crocodile handbag to gold-trimmed shoes, she shouted money
2 [with two objects] Australian/New Zealand informal Treat (someone) to (something, especially a drink): I’ll shout you a beer
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  • The pub was pretty full, but Bryan had his guys let me through and then shouted me a drink (which was rather nice of him).
  • He'll happily let you shout him a drink and not return the favour, for example.
  • To make amends I shouted him a double absinthe, and ordered two shandies for Irigaray and Virilio.
2.1 [no object] Buy a round of drinks: anyone shooting a hole in one must shout for all players present on the course


1A loud cry expressing a strong emotion or calling attention: his words were interrupted by warning shouts
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  • She gave out a strong shout, much louder than she intended to.
  • The superior officer clapped his hands and called for attention with a loud shout, which echoed throughout the hold.
  • Loud shouts, yells, and laughs ran from the tavern and out onto the street, disturbing the town's late night silence.
yell, cry, call, roar, howl, bellow, bawl, clamor, vociferation, shriek, scream
informal holler
2 (one's shout) British informal One’s turn to buy a round of drinks: “Do you want another drink? My shout.”



give someone a shout

informal Call for someone’s attention.
1.1Call on or get in touch with someone.
Example sentences
  • Everything should be back to normal now but if it's not then please give us a shout.
  • If you know anything about this development, give me a shout at the address below!
  • She wanted me to promote her CD in Canada, so give me a shout if you want to hear some good Swahili tunes.

in with a shout

British informal Having a good chance: they were definitely in with a shout of bringing off a victory
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  • Currie were still in with a shout but their best chance failed when Ramon took a marginally forward pass from Halbert before crossing the line.
  • Militis has a better chance in the 200m backstroke but both swimmers should be in with a shout of the finals, and from that point anything can happen.
  • Pearce still thinks others have better credentials, but now that it is apparent that he really is in with a shout, he is not about to jeopardise his chances by ruling himself out.

shout something from the rooftops

Talk about something openly and jubilantly, especially something that is personal or has previously been kept secret.
Example sentences
  • So if you are proud of your city then there is a chance to shout it from the rooftops!
  • He may not shout it from the rooftops, but he is incredibly passionate about his rugby.
  • Unionist politicians should be shouting their disgust from the rooftops too.

shout the odds

chiefly British Talk in a loud and opinionated way.
Example sentences
  • This direct approach is far healthier than acting like a martyr or shouting the odds.
  • Perhaps rather than shouting the odds, we should be willing to help and encourage those who want to quit.
  • Bravado is all very well, but when it costs you a place in history, it's worth thinking twice before you shout the odds to all and sundry.



Example sentences
  • Anyway, the shouters and screamers lose their impact after a while.
  • After 10 minutes or so, he decided to respond, telling the audience he would be happy to deal with the shouters directly.
  • The father ‘was a shouter, not a drunk,’ said one neighbour.


( informal)
Example sentences
  • As was perceived to be the cool and ‘in’ thing of the early 1990's, the theme tune to Bucky O'Hare is a shouty, attitude filled, rap.
  • Kekaula has the perfect rock and roll voice and the rest of the band contribute old-fashioned bored shouty backing vocals on top of their instrument-playing duties.
  • People, it seems, are coming to their senses and just don't want to see terrible shouty programmes.


Late Middle English: perhaps related to shoot; compare with Old Norse skúta 'a taunt', also with the verb scout2.

Words that rhyme with shout

about, bout, clout, devout, doubt, down-and-out, drought, flout, gout, grout, knout, lout, mahout, misdoubt, nowt, out, out-and-out, owt, pout, Prout, right about, rout, scout, snout, spout, sprout, stout, thereabout, thereout, throughout, timeout, tout, trout, way-out, without

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