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

  • n. A loud cry of exultation or excitement.
  • n. A shout uttered by a hunter or warrior.
  • n. A hooting cry, as of a bird.
  • n. The paroxysmal gasp characteristic of whooping cough.
  • intransitive v. To utter a loud shout or cry. See Synonyms at shout.
  • intransitive v. To utter a hooting cry.
  • intransitive v. To make the paroxysmal gasp characteristic of whooping cough.
  • transitive v. To utter with a whoop.
  • transitive v. To chase, call, urge on, or drive with a whoop: whooping the cattle down the road.
  • idiom whoop it up Slang To have a jolly, noisy celebration.
  • idiom whoop it up Slang To express or arouse enthusiasm; cheer: conventioneers whooping it up for their candidate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An exclamation, a cry, usually of joy.
  • n. A gasp, characteristic of whooping cough.
  • n. A bump on a racetrack.
  • v. To make a whoop.
  • v. To beat, to strike.
  • v. To defeat thoroughly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The hoopoe.
  • n. A shout of pursuit or of war; a very of eagerness, enthusiasm, enjoyment, vengeance, terror, or the like; an halloo; a hoot, or cry, as of an owl.
  • n. A loud, shrill, prolonged sound or sonorous inspiration, as in whooping cough.
  • intransitive v. To utter a whoop, or loud cry, as eagerness, enthusiasm, or enjoyment; to cry out; to shout; to halloo; to utter a war whoop; to hoot, as an owl.
  • intransitive v. To cough or breathe with a sonorous inspiration, as in whooping cough.
  • transitive v. To insult with shouts; to chase with derision.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shout with a loud voice; cry out loudly, as in excitement, or in calling to some one; halloo; shout; also, to hoot, as an owl.
  • In medicine, to make a sonorous inspiration, as that following the paroxysm of coughing in whooping-cough.
  • To hoot at; insult or deride with shouts or hooting; drive or follow with shouts or outcry.
  • To call or signal to by a shout or whoop.
  • Ho! hallo!
  • n. A whooping or hooting cry, like that of the crane; a loud call or shout; a cry designed to attract the attention of a person at a distance, or to express excitement, encouragement, enthusiasm, vengeance, or terror.
  • n. In medicine, the peculiar sonorous inspiration following the attack of coughing in whoopingcough.
  • n. Same as hoop for hoopoe.

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

  • v. cough spasmodically
  • n. a loud hooting cry of exultation or excitement
  • v. shout, as if with joy or enthusiasm


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

From Middle English whopen, to whoop, variant of hopen, from Old French hopper, of imitative origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English whopen, whowpen, howpen, houpen ("to whoop, cry out"), partially from Old French houper, hopper, houpper ("to shout"), of uncertain origin (compare Old Norse ópa ("to cry, scream, shout"), Gothic  (wōpjan, "to crow as a cock"), Gothic  (hwōpjan, "to boast"), Old English hwōpan ("to threaten")); and partially from Middle English wop ("weeping, lamentation"), from Old English wōp ("cry, outcry, shrieking, weeping, lamentation"), see woop.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Corruption of whip.


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