American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An informal performance by folk singers, typically with participation by the audience.
- n. Informal An unidentified or unidentifiable gadget.
- n. obsolete A Placeholder word for a nonspecific or forgotten thing (see thingamajig, whatchamacallit)
- n. An informal, festive performance by folk singers, often including audience participation with the use of acoustic instruments.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An informal social gathering or concert featuring mostly folk songs, sometimes dancing, and where the audience often participates in the singing.
- n. Obsolescent, chiefly dial. Same as whatchamacallit; a thingumbob.
- Unknown; potentially Scottish. Use is tied to the Appalachian culture in the US. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She was often the only Almanac with a steady job, which -- along with regular "hootenanny" song parties -- helped pay the rent.”
“Whenever AFG comes home and hints that we need to put on some kind of hootenanny -- oh, I'm sorry, we need to put on some kind of evening soiree-- my first thought is "What would Melody do?”
“The terror turns up in all kinds of inconvenient places - a "hootenanny," involving folk singing and poor judgment; the backyard of a neglectful mother who is hanging laundry; and an over-packed reception hall where serious partiers in ridiculous outfits are dancing wildly in broad daylight.”
“With other band members singing some of Cuomo's leads, a massive onstage "hootenanny" that had fans playing along to acoustic renditions of tracks like "Island in the Sun," and even the surreal sight of Cuomo kicking over a record player (set up pre-encore) before blasting into a cover of Nirvana's "Sliver," the band has never been so refreshing.”
“Football's biggest game may have glamorous trappings, what with the Madonna hootenanny, the khakis-casual corporate breakfast buffets and the titillating chance of a Joe Theismann sighting, but it can be a bleak curse on the team living in the host city.”
“And the whole rite was set to a hootenanny guitar beat.”
“TV clips from hifi, party record and hootenanny days from the TV shows Playboy's Penthouse and Playboy After Dark feature folk singers Pete Seeger and Joan Baez and rare performances.”
“Sorry, "both sides" fetishists, but one viewing of her show proves that there's no comparison between Rachel Maddow's fact-based analysis and Sean Hannity's Republican talking point hootenanny.”
“The milieu of the coffeehouse "Espresso Yourself" reminded me of every open-mic hootenanny joint I'd ever played, where most of the people I was singing for were other singers waiting to sing for me (if I stuck around long enough after my set to listen).”
“It takes me almost the whole lunch period to explain to Verbena what a hootenanny is and why my mom is all fired up about having one.”
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