• WordNet 3.6
    • v whoop cough spasmodically "The patient with emphysema is hacking all day"
    • v whoop shout, as if with joy or enthusiasm "The children whooped when they were led to the picnic table"
    • n whoop a loud hooting cry of exultation or excitement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Whooping cranes are born with blue eyes that change to bright gold by the time they six months old
    • Whoop A loud, shrill, prolonged sound or sonorous inspiration, as in whooping cough.
    • Whoop 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. "A fox, crossing the road, drew off a considerable detachment, who clapped spurs to their horses, and pursued him with whoops and halloos.""The whoop of the crane."
    • n Whoop (Zoöl) The hoopoe.
    • Whoop To cough or breathe with a sonorous inspiration, as in whooping cough.
    • v. t Whoop To insult with shouts; to chase with derision. "And suffered me by the voice of slaves to be Whooped out of Rome."
    • Whoop 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. "Each whooping with a merry shout.""When naught was heard but now and then the howl
      Of some vile cur, or whooping of the owl."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • whoop 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.
    • whoop In medicine, to make a sonorous inspiration, as that following the paroxysm of coughing in whooping-cough.
    • whoop To hoot at; insult or deride with shouts or hooting; drive or follow with shouts or outcry.
    • whoop To call or signal to by a shout or whoop.
    • n whoop 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 whoop In medicine, the peculiar sonorous inspiration following the attack of coughing in whoopingcough.
    • whoop Ho! hallo!
    • n whoop Same as hoop for hoopoe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Whoop hwōōp or hōōp a loud eager cry
    • v.i Whoop to give a clear, sharp cry: to shout in scorn, eagerness, &c
    • v.t Whoop to insult with shouts
    • interj Whoop (Shak.) ho!—ns. Whoop′er, one who whoops: a species of swan
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. houpen,. See Hoop (v. i.)


In literature:

They would fairly whoop it up.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
Faint whoops or their echo came to them, and they knew that the warriors were rejoicing.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Bob was the first to see a distant point of light through the trees, and he emitted a whoop that startled the others.
"The Radio Boys Trailing a Voice" by Allen Chapman
Early that evening Wilson was sitting somewhat disconsolately at the telegraph-room window when he was startled by a loud whoop.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
But then she heard a whoop from a distant enemy, and darted to another part of the garden.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Jack Carleton followed the larger party, which had gone only a few rods when a whoop from the others made known they had found what was wanted.
"Camp-fire and Wigwam" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
Tim whooped with delight.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
There came a whoop outside and a scramble at the door and somebody tumbled into the room.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
Then, when the significance of such lameness dawned upon him he whooped his wild joy and waved his hat.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
At sight of them he gave a triumphant whoop.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine

In poetry:

That was what the engine said,
With a whoop and a hail
As he kept the rail,
Butting space backward with his head.
"What The Engine Says" by Alexander Anderson
The curlew and the lapwing,
They look for a moment at me,
Then they whoop and dive together,
For they understand my glee.
"A Whiff Of Nature" by Alexander Anderson
The owl that whoops upon the yew,
The snake that lairs within it,
Have seen my wild face flashing blue
For one fantastic minute.
"The Fen-Fire" by Madison Julius Cawein
Still the Fair Horseman anxious pleads;
The Black, wild whooping, points the prey:—
Alas! the Earl no warning heeds,
But frantic keeps the forward way.
"The Wild Huntsman" by Sir Walter Scott
He burst into the Royal suite,
And like a cowboy whooped with glee;
Dodging the charger's flying feet
The Chamberlain was shocked to see:
Imagine how it must have been a
Grief to Mother Queen Christina!
"Kings Must Die" by Robert W Service
"Then swing your rope slowly and rattle your spurs lowly,
And give a wild whoop as you carry me along,
And in the grave throw me and roll the sod o'er me,
For I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong.
"The Cowboy's Lament (Streets of Laredo)" by Frank Maynard

In news:

Louisiana whooping crane flock to gain 14 new members.
The Horicon National Wildlife Refuge has six new residents: whooping crane chicks.
Whooping crane chicks arrive in Wisconsin.
Name the damage for whooping crane safety.
In early January 2012, a male whooping crane was spotlighted at night and killed with a high powered rifle in Knox County, Ind.
CROTHERSVILLE — State conservation officers say a federally endangered whooping crane found dead in southern Indiana suffered a fatal shotgun wound.
Read about the Whooping Crane s' summer home, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin.
Before I share these antidotes — whoops, make that anecdotes — let me just say a few words about um, words.
Texas A&M Defeats Alabama (whoop.
Evidence Mounts On Shortcomings In Whooping Cough Vaccine.
The Appleton Area School District is telling parents there are several confirmed cases of whooping cough in district schools.
2 men sentenced for killing whooping crane .
Men sentenced for killing whooping crane. Receive updates from your favorite KTKZ news station.
The Deadly Return Of Whooping Cough.
Whooping cough epidemic declared in Vermont.