whoop (hp, wp, hwp)
a. A loud cry of exultation or excitement.
b. A shout uttered by a hunter or warrior.
2. A hooting cry, as of a bird.
3. The paroxysmal gasp characteristic of whooping cough.
v. whooped, whoop·ing, whoops
1. To utter a loud shout or cry. See Synonyms at yell.
2. To utter a hooting cry.
3. To make the paroxysmal gasp characteristic of whooping cough.
1. To utter with a whoop.
2. To chase, call, urge on, or drive with a whoop: whooping the cattle down the road.
whoop it up Slang
1. To have a jolly, noisy celebration.
2. To express or arouse enthusiasm; cheer: conventioneers whooping it up for their candidate.
[From Middle English whopen, to whoop, variant of hopen, from Old French hopper, of imitative origin.]
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