Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To yell or shout.
  • intransitive v. Informal To complain.
  • transitive v. To shout out (words or phrases). See Synonyms at shout.
  • n. A yell or shout; a call.
  • n. Informal A complaint or gripe.
  • adj. Chiefly Upper Southern U.S. Variant of hollow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A yell, shout.
  • n. By extension, any communication to get somebody's attention.
  • v. To yell or shout.
  • v. To call out one or more words
  • v. To complain, gripe
  • n. In South Midland and Southern (dialects of American English), a hollow.
  • n. A rural road in the Appalachians in the U.S.A.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A common vulgar form of hollo.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal)
  • v. complain
  • v. shout out
  • v. utter a sudden loud cry
  • n. a small valley between mountains

Etymologies

From obsolete hollo, hail!, stop!; see hello.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
American variant of holla or hallo. Possibly derived from the Irish Gaelic oll-bhúir, pronounced h-oll-oor, meaning a terrific yell, a great roar. (Wiktionary)
Variation of hollow. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But apparently a "holler" is just a "hollow" – a valley between mountains – in West Virginia.

    CASTING DIRECTOR LOVES INBREEDING

  • But the opener did turn a bit testy in the eighth inning when Grant Balfour hit J.D. Drew in the right shoulder with a high fastball, prompting a few Red Sox to holler from the bench.

    Dice-K masterful as Red Sox beat Rays in ALCS opener

  • But the opener did turn a bit testy in the eighth when Grant Balfour hit J.D. Drew in the right shoulder with a high fastball, prompting a few Red Sox to holler from the bench.

    USATODAY.com

  • Some folks want to conserve energy and avoid making the trek to the 4th floor walk-up apartment, so they will just holler from the street below.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • His mother (?) and another 40-something woman were helping him carry things down the stairs, as were two teenaged girls -- one of which I would surely recognize if she were to holler from the stairwell (where the acoustics promise hearty echos), HEY, BRADLEY IS PISSING IN THE PARKING LOT!

    Cherie waxes vindictive

  • Then claim your title or holler at the guard so you can conduct your business elsewhere.

    Push Comes to Shove

  • Also: I have a friend who is a casting director and he said that he spent all of Wednesday looking for "holler" Canadians with weird flat faces.

    A SOPRANOS MOVIE?

  • Similar to the posting by Jeff4066, "Fair to middlin '" was a common response to, "How are you?" in my hometown, and I was in college before it was really driven home that "holler" isn't proper English for "large ditch, etc ..."

    Long-Lost Language

  • That's why we put that it's in a 'holler' in the mountains.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • Some of these 'holler' people -- because they are insular and clannish, and they don't leave their area -- there is literally inbreeding, and the people there often have a different kind of look.

    Archive 2008-02-01

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  • It was 'tiger' for me, too -- but I remember hearing the other version from time to time when we moved around the country.

    November 4, 2008

  • The book from which I transcribed this version, using tiger rather than what rhymes with Tigger, was published in 1957.

    November 4, 2008

  • I grew up with your mother's version, too, rolig.

    November 4, 2008

  • "Tiger" was what I learned as a child from my parents, who understood that the version they had grown up with, or at least my Virginian mother had grown up with, in which an African-American was the object of the hunt, was no longer acceptable in polite society.

    November 4, 2008

  • Oh, I didn't know 'tiger' was traditional. I have learnt something.

    November 4, 2008


  • Eenie, meenie, minie, mo,
    Catch a tiger by the toe,
    If he hollers let him go,
    Eenie, meenie, minie, mo.

    - traditional.

    November 4, 2008