war whoop

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n war whoop a yell intended to rally a group of soldiers in battle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • War whoop a war cry, especially that uttered by the American Indians.
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Usage

In literature:

For Trooper had turned his face to the heavens and uttered the ear-splitting war whoop that he had learned on the prairies.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
Indian lying on floor springs to feet and gives terrible war whoop.
"History Plays for the Grammar Grades" by Mary Ella Lyng
They rushed upon him with the Indian war-whoop.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The Indian's war whoop ended in a cry of pain.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The terrible war-whoop breaks the stillness of the summer night.
"Harper's Young People, June 29, 1880" by Various
Then a furious outcry, a confusion of howls and screams, a war-whoop and a rush of feet.
"Billy Topsail & Company" by Norman Duncan
It seemed as though instantaneously the war-whoop resounded from a thousand throats.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
The shades of night steal on; the fire of the French and Indians has been growing less; the war-whoop dies away; the last gun is fired.
"Harper's Young People, October 19, 1880" by Various
The remaining Indians, yelling their war whoop, fled down the river.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
Again Friday's exultant war-whoop bellowed out over the scene.
"The Affair of the Brains" by Anthony Gilmore
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In poetry:

"The red men say that here she walked
A thousand moons ago;
They never raise the war-whoop here,
And never twang the bow.
"The White-Footed Deer" by William Cullen Bryant
It is the war-whoop of the braves,
Of Kerr's famed Mohawk crew,
Who near Fitzgibbon ambushed lie
To serve that lonely few.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
The very echoes round this shore,
Have caught a strange and gibbering tone,
For they have told the war-whoop o'er,
Till the wild chorus is their own.
"Lake Superior" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
And now loud yells, and whoops of death resound;
The shuddering captive ghastly gazed around,
When the huge war-club smote him to the ground.
Again deep stillness hushed the listening crowd,
While the prophetic wizard sang aloud.
"The Missionary - Canto Fourth" by William Lisle Bowles
Never a word he spoke; divesting himself of his garments,
Danced the war-dance of the playful yet truculent Modoc,
Uttered a single whoop, and then, in the accents of challenge,
Spake: "Oh, behold in me a Crested Jay Hawk of the mountain."
"Thompson Of Angels" by Francis Bret Harte
They came with war-whoop, following each other, like a thread,
Through the long labyrinth of trees, in sunless archway spread;
Their gnarled trunks in shadowy lines rose dimly, few by few,
Mail'd in their mossy armouring,--a pathless avenue!
"The Wolf-Drove" by Thomas Stoddart

In news:

BOSTON — Democratic US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren says she is " appalled " by the behavior of two people in a video who approach Warren supporters shouting war whoops and performing tomahawk chops.
Scott Brown staffers caught chanting 'war whoops.
) chanting "war whoops" and making "tomahawk chops" during a rally.
) does not approve of staffers whooping "war chants" and making "tomahawk chops" when confronting supporters of Democrat Elizabeth Warren at a recent rally.
Staff members for US Sen Scott Brown war whoop in video.
Staff members for GOP US Sen Scott Brown and the Massachusetts Republican Party are seen shouting war whoops and performing tomahawk chops in a new video.
Scott Brown staffers caught on video chanting Indian war whoops, making tomahawk chops .
Staffers for Sen Scott Brown chanted Indian "war whoops" and made "tomahawk chops " during a rally for the Republican senator this week in Boston.
Conservatives are in full war whoop mode over this, and I suppose I don't blame them.
War Whoops Heard In 2nd Video Of Brown Campaigning.
War whoops, chants and tomahawk chops used to taunt a Massachusetts US Senate candidate are racist and offensive, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said Wednesday.
In a second video posted Wednesday, Scott Brown supporters' war whoops are heard as Brown criticizes Elizabeth Warren's claims of Native American heritage.
Supporters of Sen Scott Brown and the Massachusetts Republican Party are seen shouting war whoops and performing tomahawk chops in a video that was filmed at a rally on Saturday.
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