from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • interjection Used to catch someone's attention.
  • interjection Used to urge on hounds in a hunt.
  • noun A shout or call of “halloo.”
  • intransitive verb To shout “halloo.”
  • intransitive verb To urge on or pursue by calling “halloo” or shouting.
  • intransitive verb To call out to.
  • intransitive verb To shout or yell (something).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An exclamation used to call the attention of a person at a distance, or in hunting to incite the dogs.
  • noun A call, cry, or shout uttered to attract attention, or as a signal, as in hunting to urge on the dogs.
  • To cry out; call with a loud voice; shout; cry, as after dogs.
  • To call or shout to; incite or chase with shouts and cries of “Halloo!”
  • To cry aloud; utter with shouts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To encourage with shouts.
  • transitive verb To chase with shouts or outcries.
  • transitive verb To call or shout to; to hail.
  • noun A loud exclamation; a call to invite attention or to incite a person or an animal; a shout.
  • interjection An exclamation to call attention or to encourage one. Now mostly replaced by hello.
  • intransitive verb To cry out; to exclaim with a loud voice; to call to a person, as by the word halloo.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • interjection Used to greet someone, or to catch their attention
  • interjection Used in hunting to urge on the pursuers
  • noun A shout of halloo
  • verb To shout halloo

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

  • noun a shout to attract attention
  • verb urge on with shouts
  • verb shout `halloo', as when greeting someone or attracting attention


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

[Alteration of obsolete holla, stop!; see hello.]



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  • And truly so am I; for he sometimes whoops like a speaking trumpet—(TONY hallooing behind the scenes)—O, there he goes—a very consumptive figure, truly.

    Goldsmith, She Stoops, I

    January 8, 2007