Definitions

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

  • n. A loud cry.
  • transitive v. To say with or utter a shout.
  • shout down To overwhelm or silence by shouting loudly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A loud burst of voice or voices; a vehement and sudden outcry, especially that of a multitude expressing joy, triumph, exultation, or animated courage.
  • n. A round of drinks in a pub; the turn to pay the shot or scot; an act of paying for a round of drinks.
  • n. A call-out for an emergency services team.
  • v. To utter a sudden and loud outcry, as in joy, triumph, or exultation, or to attract attention, to animate soldiers, etc.
  • v. To utter with a shout; to cry; -- sometimes with out; as, to shout, or to shout out, a man's name.
  • v. To treat with shouts or clamor.
  • v. To pay for food, drink or entertainment for others.
  • v. To enter a text message (for example, email) in upper case.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A loud burst of voice or voices; a vehement and sudden outcry, especially of a multitudes expressing joy, triumph, exultation, or animated courage.
  • n. A gratuitous entertainment, with refreshments or the like; a treat.
  • intransitive v. To utter a sudden and loud outcry, as in joy, triumph, or exultation, or to attract attention, to animate soldiers, etc.
  • intransitive v. To entertain with refreshments or the like gratuitously; to treat.
  • transitive v. To utter with a shout; to cry; -- sometimes with out.
  • transitive v. To treat with shouts or clamor.
  • transitive v. To treat (one) to something; also, to give (something) by way of treating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To utter a loud significant call or outcry, either inarticulate, as in laughter, calls, signals, etc., or articulate; speak in a very loud and vohement manner.
  • To order drink for another or others as a treat.
  • To utter in a loud and vehement voice; utter with a shout; express with raised voice.
  • n. A vehement and sudden outcry, expressing joy, exultation, animated courage, or other emotion; also, a loud call to attract attention at a distance, to be heard by one hard of hearing, or the like.
  • n. A small boat, nearly flat-bottomed and very light, used for passing over the drains in various parts of Lincolnshire: when broader and larger it is used in shooting wild ducks in the marshes. and is then called a gunning-shout.
  • n. A treat; a free drink.

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

  • v. use foul or abusive language towards
  • v. utter a sudden loud cry
  • v. utter in a loud voice; talk in a loud voice (usually denoting characteristic manner of speaking)
  • n. a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
  • v. utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy

Etymologies

Middle English shoute, perhaps from Old Norse skūta, a taunt.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English shouten. Origin Uncertain. Possibly related to Middle English shooten "to shoot (out)" or from or akin to Old Norse skūta ("to chide, scold"), Old Norse skūti, skūta "a taunt". See also the second, rare sense of the verb scout - "to reject with contempt". (Wiktionary)

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  • My intent with companies that I'm involved with now is to get them to profitable growth as quickly as possible, build GREAT companies that customers and employees want to shout from the rooftops about, and NEVER sell them!! ... a little bit different from that kid who dreamed of building and SELLING companies.

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  • The blow, and the great shout from the audience, angered him.

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  • Caught off guard, I thought about the object of my study, and how prayer isn't something you shout from the rooftops; just like tithing -- where your left hand shouldn't know what your right hand is doing -- worship should be done in private.

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  • Online, Stowe has chronicled plenty of drama — wild storms, exotic sealife and his girlfriend, Soanya Ahmad becoming pregnant and going ashore — even as he mixes in shout-outs to sponsors who make his isolation possible.

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  • But it is much easier to shout from the safety of the bleacher seats than playing on the field having to negotiate a 380-pound tackle.

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  • Yesterday the Coast Guard hearing powered right through the lunch hour and all the way to 2 p.m. before taking a break, and I felt bad that I had to shout from the back row "WHAT ABOUT MY LUNCH????"

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  • Obviously, the Senate — and especially the Finanace Committee – needs to hear a big shout from the people out here in the real world who actually vote for them.

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  • If he had simply faded like a shout from the street, the chaste tree she loves for its blue irony would not have been planted, nor the red clover made to bleed.

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